Risidual Sugar in Consulate General of Israel in New York
A portrait photography series, shot in Prague, Tel-Aviv, Mnpls & New York from 1996 to present.
Israeli born photographer Tal Shpantzer has been based in New York since 2000, tal has spent several years studying & shooting in Tel-Aviv, Prague & Europe after graduating from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1996, with a B.F.A. degree in photography/media art. Her work has been published and exhibited internationally, most recently a portrait of artist Kiki Smith in W magazine. She is the recipient of a Soros Center for Contemporary Art grant for her Limbus Diary series, and a Morrison Vanderlip media award. Tal is currently working on her book project, and collaborating with obscure object films, to animate her photos into live videos for clients and multimedia installations.
Tal’s photographs are very intimate, yet there is some alienated, even existential, twist to them. the numerous reflections in mirrors and the lack of action make the subject seem very alone. the rich colors and blurred shapes of the images recall both fashion and documentary photography, but there is some quality the images have that prevent them from being easily classified. the distinction between the staged situation and the documentary moment is intentionally kept ambiguous.
Tal’s images are not like souvenirs or snapshots that are reminders of the past. instead, she tries to get under the surface of her subjects and through her photographs to let a bit of the past seep out into the present..- Radek Vana (prague, czech republic )
Image: Tal Shpantzer, Shenkin, C-print