Loneliness Belongs to the Photographer

Anonymous, Los Angeles, 2008

“The annals of photography contain many extraordinary portraits, but the ones we linger on longest achieve something exceptional: they suggest that in the microsecond it takes for the shutter to blink, some communion has been found, that an unseen life has become a seen one, that attention has been paid, that an act of witness has been accomplished.” —Hanya Yanagihara

Author Hanya Yanagihara muses on the relationship between loneliness and photography in the July edition of The New Yorker, and how loneliness provided inspiration for curating works in the current exhibition, How I Learned to See: An (Ongoing) Education in Pictures.

Yanagihara powerfully suggests that: “if love belongs to the poet, and fear to the novelist, then loneliness belongs to the photographer.” Selecting works from Diane Arbus, Nicholas Nixon, and Katy Grannan, Yanagihara showcases the act of photography as an “artistic exercise in invisibility,” allowing the artist to capture that which ordinarily goes unexamined, and unseen.

To read the entire article, please visit The New Yorker and follow along on our Instagram as Hanya Yanagihara will be “taking over” this week with highlights from How I Learned to See.