Susanne Neunhoeffer, (Detail) - two self portraits from a site-specific installation of 135 8x10" gelatin silver print portraits taken over a period of 5 years.

Susanne Neunhoeffer, (Detail) – two self portraits from a site-specific installation of 135 8×10″ gelatin silver print portraits taken over a period of 5 years.

Susanne Neunhoeffer

In 2001 I began photographing myself and people visiting my loft space. All of the pictures were taken in front of a freight-elevator in an informal “formal” way. The conscious initial idea was to keep a record of my visitors in the form of a visual guest book.

With time and the resulting accumulation of self-portraits, I realized how consistency and continuity could be expressive of the human experience. Now after more than 5 years of documentation I see a figure confronting its personal facets, states of mind, and physical conditions. I no longer attribute myself with this figure alone, but someone searching for some sense of self amidst the eternal flux of time.

Susanne Neunhoeffer graduated in 2000 from the Documentary and Photojournalism program at the International Center of Photography. Her work has been shown in New York, Mexico, and France at venues including PS122 in NYC, the International Center of Photography in NYC, County College of Morris in Randolph, Rencontres internationales de la Photographie in France, and Fotoseptienbre in Mexico City and Veracruz, Mexico. Most recently Susanne participated in the first edition of les Indépendances, an independent photographers’ festival in Enghien-les-Bains, near Paris and in 2005 was published in Newsweek. Her photographs are in collections of several private and institutional collections in North America and Europe.

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