These urban landscape photographs represent my long-term investigation ofplace. I began working outside, at the Port of Albany in Albany, New York, a year ago last January. This led to a series of small-scale prints of large-scale industrial architecture. Soon after I created a new series based on vacant buildings in Albany. The subject inspired me to alter the landscape drastically, emphasizing each building’s lack of place in our contemporary landscape. Currently I am working on new prints depicting the smallness of large industrial elements in Albany, my hometown.
Some of my early influences include the photography of Bernd and Hilla Becher, Hiroshimo Sugimoto, Elger Esser, Jeff Wall, and Massimo Vitali. Philosophical influences include Paul Virilio, Roland Barthes, and Susan Sontag.
Allison Hunter studied Fine Art and Women’s Studies at the University of Albany and earned her MFA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She has had one person shows at the University of Massachusetts at North Darthmouth and iEAR Gallery at RPI in Troy, NY, and been featured in group shows at SOHO20, CEPA Gallery, Albany Center Galleries, and Artworks Gallery. A six time recipient of the New York Foundation for the arts SOS grant, Allison has participated in artist residencies at Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada, The Swedish Polytechnic in Finland, and Baltic Photoschool in Russia.