About the Artists

Laura J. Bennett

Dames of Anatomy

Laura Bennett earned B.A. degrees in journalism and studio art from Humboldt State University in California. Her MFA in photography/digital media is from the University of Houston. She has been a college educator for twelve years and has taught all levels of analog photography, as well as photo history, history of women artists and photojournalism. Most recently she was awarded The Mylio Grant through the Luminous Endowment for Photographers for her work, Elsa Johanna and will also be attending a SÌM Artist Residency in Reykjavik in September of 2017. She won the 4th Annual Julia Margaret Cameron Award for her work titled, Dames of Anatomy. Her image Memory Best Forgotten won first place in Soho Photo’s 5th Annual Alternative Process Competition. The same image was also on the cover of SHOTS Anniversary issue in the summer of 2011. Her work has been published in View Camera Magazine and The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes, by Christopher James. Much of Bennett’s work stems from her experience of being the mother of nine and addresses the complexities of the female condition. She uses an old Gundlach 8×10 camera and an early version Hasselblad. In addition to traditional silver gelatin process and alternative processes, Bennett also scans antique glass negatives, film, objects, old medical illustrations and ephemera for transformation in the computer and for creating digital negatives.

“Dames of Anatomy” is an ongoing project that addresses the complexities of the female condition and challenges cultural norms. Old glass negatives of anonymous women are scanned and
combined with antique medical slides, ephemera and my own selected images. They are peppered with satire, but there is an underlying presence of struggle and submission. My life experience as a woman is a far lonesome cry from any fairytale I ever knew as a child. I tell my daughters, “you are your own prince charming, so saddle up and find yourself.

Tarrah Krajnak

SISMOS79, Marble Study and Forking Paths

Tarrah Krajnak was born in Lima, Peru in 1979. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles. She received her MFA from the University of Notre Dame in 2004. She has exhibited nationally and internationally at: Art13 London, Art Basel Miami, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Center for Photography Woodstock, San Francisco Camerawork, Newspace Center for Photography, Columbus Museum of Art, The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, and metropcs gallery L.A among others. In 2013 Ampersand Gallery & Fine Books published Krajnak’s first book “South Sound” and it was named one of the best photobooks of the year by Time Magazine and Indie Library. Krajnak received grants from the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Vermont Council for the Arts, The Vermont Community Foundation, and the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Her work has appeared in both print and online magazines including L.A Review of Books, Nueva Luz, Camerawork, F-Stop Magazine, and Killing the Buddha. Krajnak has a forthcoming solo exhibition in December of 2017 at the Silver Eye Center for Photography in Pittsburgh, PA. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at Pitzer College in Claremont, CA. She taught previously at Cornell University and the University of Vermont.

The late cultural theorist Stuart Hall has written that identities emerge as “unfinished conversations,” formed “at the unstable point where personal lives meet the narrative of history.” SISMOS79 (derived from the Spanish word for “earthquake”) is a long-term project that examines the particular sites of intersection between my own life and the turbulent period in the history of Lima, Peru circa 1979. 1979 was a time of seismic changes in Peru’s capital, a transitional period between the military dictatorship of the 70s and the onset of the Shining Path’s guerilla war in 1980. The city’s population swelled and was transformed by a massive influx of rural migrants from the highlands and eastern jungles; and my birth mother was among them, one of many young women uprooted during that tectonic demographic shift. That’s almost all I know about her. Like her peers, she was vulnerable in a city that was a violent, dangerous place. 1979 was a year that created orphans. In SISMOS79 I set out not to recover some stable, “authentic” identity hidden by the circumstances of my birth and adoption, but rather to pull together archival materials, found photographs, untold narratives, and images in an effort to patch together, reclaim, and invent something like a psychic history of that year, and locate myself within it.


TPS National Photography Award Competition

Texas Photographic Society recently announced a new award program for artists residing in the United States who have a consistent body of photographic work. The award includes a $2,000 cash prize, an exhibition at a Participating Space during a FotoFest Biennial, and international exposure in the photo community. All photographic-based art is welcome, including digital, silver and alternative processes. The current exhibition is the result of the jurors’ selections for this award.

Texas Photographic Society, founded in 1984, is a non-profit organization that celebrates the photographic arts, inspires creative development and provides opportunities to engage with the community.