Front Porch, 1998, C-Print, 14 x 14"

Front Porch, 1998, C-Print, 14 x 14″

Marla Sweeney

In my recent work I have photographed people in ordinary places and everyday situations. I made many of these images in small towns and backyards, at parades and flea markets. In each of these common scenes I have tried to capture a moment, one that evokes a story and conveys a sense of place and of age. I try always to make images with an emotional resonance and formal beauty. The moments that stand out for me are the ones in which I can imagine myself.

Marla Sweeney lives in Kerhonkson, NY. She has recently shown at the Galerie Licthblick in Cologne, Germany, and Gallery 24 in NYC. Her images have been published in Camera Austria, Photo Review, and View Camera magazine.  Her work is included in the Center’s Permanent Collection and in collections at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin; and the Museum of Photography Chareroi, Belgium. She holds an MFA in Photography from the State College of New York at New Paltz and has studied with Larry Fink and Stephen Shore at Bard College, Annandale, NY.