Current Exhibition:


Works produced during the COVID-19 Pandemic from Selected Photographers in The Center at Anderson Ranch.

Sarah Stacke, The Bookmark Portraits, Lockdown Week 11, 2020, Digital Photograph

Click on a photographer’s name below to access their biography and exhibition images:

Amber Bracken | Maria Contreras Coll | Rory Doyle | Nancy Farese | Salwan Georges | Rebecca Kiger | Sarah Stacke
Curated by Sam Hopple

The exhibition is free and open to the public.
The exhibition will be on view from August 3 – September 7, Monday-Friday 9AM-5PM.
Public Programming forthcoming

ESSENTIAL IMAGES highlights the perspective of seven documentary photographers who have been making work during the COVID-19 pandemic. From different vantage points, this collection of images speaks to the current moment of navigating the dualities of our internal and external lives. They act as timely visual narrations that explore grief, intimacy, parenthood, scarcity, activism and self-connection.

In mid-March, the global pandemic sent much of the world into lockdown and with it emerged a new slowness of pace, and a heightened awareness of self. Many people felt isolated and trapped in domestic environments, combating the loneliness of being socially distanced away from loved ones. Others experienced familial tensions while quarantining together, propelling further anxieties about homeschooling, working from home and financial instability. 

On May 26th, after the killing of George Floyd, the resurgence of Black Lives Matter protests erupted across the United States and in cities around the globe. Despite the pandemic, remaining complacent in a world of upheaval and civil unrest no longer feels like a viable option for many. In this moment of reckoning, documentary photographers capture the truth, often putting themselves at risk to do so. Whether on assignment or made from home, these works provide a historical record of this time as we all adapt to a “new normal.”

In a moment where our worlds have been turned upside down by this pandemic, photographic art and self expression is a vital form of storytelling that connects our intimate experiences in a more universal way. The photographic artists in this exhibition reflect the various ways image makers are creating new works while often sequestered to their homes, while also cementing the common themes of humanity we all must remember at this time.” -Ed Kashi, Faculty of The Center at Anderson Ranch

About The Center

Students enrolled in The Center at Anderson Ranch gain access to master faculty—top contemporary artists and educators—over a three-year period, providing rigorous inquiry and steady direction for their individual practice. Students gain the critical levels of knowledge and mentorship necessary to take the next important steps of becoming serious contributors in their chosen fields.

Anderson Ranch offers The Center programs in the fields of Photography, Painting & Drawing, Sculpture & Digital Fabrication and Ceramics.

The programs, which include studio work, critical dialog and critique, offer artists the opportunity to expand the scope of their current practice as well as their ability to develop a critical eye regarding their work. In addition to weeklong or two-week workshops each year, participants engage in mid-year portfolio reviews as well as quarterly meetings with faculty to discuss their ongoing work and progress. At mid-year, faculty conduct an online critique with the entire group.

About the Mentors

Ed Kashi is a photojournalist, filmmaker and educator whose sensitive eye and intimate relationship to his subjects are signatures of his work. He is a member of the VII Photo Agency. Through his photography, filmmaking and work as a mentor, teacher and lecturer, Ed is a leading voice in the photojournalism and visual storytelling community.

James Estrin is a staff photographer for The New York Times. He is a founder of Lens, The New York Times’s photography blog, and has been its co-editor since it launched in 2009. He has worked for The New York Timessince 1992 and was part of a Pulitzer Prize-winning team in 2001. James is a co-producer of the HBO film “Under Fire: The Untold Story of Pfc. Tony Vaccaro”.

About the Curator

Sam Hopple is a Visiting Curator at Anderson Ranch, currently pursuing her MFA in Criticism and Curatorial Practice at Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, Canada. Prior to pursuing her degree, Hopple managed the galleries at Oregon College of Art and Craft and curated numerous exhibitions both independently and collaboratively. She is the CO-Director of S/PLI/T Projects (2016-17), a roving curatorial endeavour which exhibited two person shows of emerging artists in established and alternative spaces. She is also the co-founder of 60 Inch Center, an online publication covering art happenings in the state of Oregon, and has published writings in the Oregon Visual Arts Ecology Project, museum catalogs, and other publications. Hopple earned her BA in Art, Design and Media from Richmond University in London, U.K in 2012. She was the Special Events/Gallery intern at the Ranch in 2014.

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