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The Photographic Series with Jason Gray
Both a strength and a weakness of photography is that a single picture cannot say all that there is to say about a single subject. Photographs need context in order to direct the initial broadness of their interpretation. In an interview with Aperture magazine, artist Jason Fulford has summed this up by saying, “Photography has clarity in the same way that language has. A word is precise, but its meaning can change based on the words around it: think tank, tank top.” In picture making, this context usually arises from a body of images presented together in a series.
With St. Louis artist Jason Gray as your guide, learn what photographic series are, why are they important, how they differ, and how to construct one. Jason will provide both famous examples from the history of photography and from his own practice as an image maker.
Jason Gray is a freelance photographer and artist specializing in post documentary work. His clients include Island Press, Dallas Museum of Art, KDHX, St. Louis Magazine, Terrain Magazine and more.
He is currently the Image Rights Manager at the Saint Louis Art Museum, where he has also worked as a Preparator and Photography Studio Manager. His previous roles have included Director of Exhibitions at the International Photography Hall of Fame, Curator at The Dark Room Photo Gallery, and Community Manager for North and South America at f-stop Gear. Additionally, Jason is the Founding Director of Photo Flood Saint Louis, a community for photographers with over 600 members.
In 2018, Mr. Gray was awarded an Artist Support Grant from the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis. He has received recognition from the Missouri Arts Council and the Riverfront Times for his arts writing. He has also been a juror for the Webster Arts Fair and Kranzberg Arts Foundation, and has lectured at Webster University, St. Louis Community College, and the International Photography Hall of Fame.