My White Friends by Myra Greene
Featured in The New York Times LENS blog, Greene's conceptual project captured readers' attention, resulting in a highly successful crowdfunding campaign that resulted in this provocative publication.
My White Friends extends Myra Greene's 10-year exploration into photography's description of race. Images initially read as benign portraits of a cross section of white American life, yet the impetus for their creation lies in an undercurrent of racial description. By photographing friends, peers and mentors, Greene visually ponders if photography can capture and describe the nuances of whiteness. Do gesture and environment allude to a lived truth, a performance by the sitter or stereotypes implored by the photographer herself? These photographs offer descriptions instead of resolutions. Readers charged with dissecting coded information are confronted with their own notions of race. Myra Greene is a Chicago based artist and is an Associate Professor of Photography at Columbia College Chicago.
Editor: Kristen Merola | Interview by Tata Shaw with Myra Greene | Softcover | 26,5 x 24 cm | 80 pages | 41 color ills. | English | 2012