Jerry Spagnoli

Jerry Spagnoli

Fellow: Awarded 2023
Field of Study: Photography

Competition: US & Canada

Jerry Spagnoli was born in New York City. “I’m interested in photography’s ability to communicate through a range of visual methods dating back at least to the Renaissance. Photographs have the ability to operate metaphorically, allegorically and/or symbolically depending on the viewer’s disposition, all without betraying its fundamental nature as a documentary medium. In addition to this, the use of traditional analog media can contribute unexpected formal effects which further enhance the dynamics of the realized image, while the camera itself allows for this sophisticated interplay to be captured with real spontaneity.It is endlessly fascinating.”

To date, five monographs of his work have been published by Steidl:  Daguerreotypes (2006), American Dreaming (2012), Regard (2019), Local Stories (2023), Situations Seen From a Considerable Distance (2023). Collaborations with other artists have resulted in several additional books, including Chuck Close Daguerreotypes (2002), A Couple of Ways of Doing Something (2006), The Glory of Water (2013), and Heirloom Harvest (2015). His work is held in many major institutional collections in the U.S. and abroad.

Photo Credit: Jerry Spagnoli

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