Lana Barkin

Jun 13th, 2017

Lana Barkin

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Lana Barkin is a photographer from New York City. She received a BA from Bard College in 2012 where she studied photography and philosophy. In addition to making pictures, she also works as a documentary filmmaker focusing on social justice projects.

Tell us about the images that we’re featuring?

These photos are from a series of portraits I took of my family at Rockaway Beach, shot on 35mm film. I’ve always been drawn to my family as the subject of my work – they are really honest, unpretentious people and I think that translates into pictures of them.

What was the worst reaction you have had to your work?

During a critique in college one of my peers called one of my photos “macaroni arts and crafts from summer camp”. In retrospect he was definitely right but I’m still pissed about it.

How does social media affect you and your art?

I’m mostly a silent observer on social media, I’ve opted for privacy over publicity at this point so I don’t really post anything anymore. But I am very impressed with people – especially artists – who understand and work it to their advantage.

What are you working on right now?

Over the past few years I’ve tried to consistently make books of my different bodies of work – I finally finished Tripping, a project I made while traveling over the course of 2015. I just started putting a new, smaller book together of my family expanding on the series shown here.

What other kinds of art inform your work?

My work in documentary film has definitely influenced my photography – for one it takes me away from my camera more than I’d like – but also in weighing the value of a moment, and how and what we choose to memorialize through images.