Andrea Modica (www.andreamodica.com) was born in New York City and lives in Philadelphia, where she works as a photographer and teaches in the Photography Program at Drexel University. A graduate of the Yale School of Art, she is a Guggenheim Fellow and a Fulbright Scholar. Her books include Treadwell (Chronicle Books), Barbara (Nazraeli), Minor League (Smithsonian Press), Human Being (Nazraeli), Real Indians (Melcher Media), Fountain (Sintehour Editions), L’Amici del Cuore (Nazraeli), As We Wait (L’Artiere Editions – now in its second edition), January 1 (L’Artiere Editions), Lentini (Kris Graves Projects) and Reveal (Yoffy Press). Her upcoming book, which will be published with TIS, is titled Discipline Equestri. Modica exhibits nationally and internationally, and she has had solo exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art and the San Diego Museum of Photographic Arts. Andrea Modica’s photographs are part of the permanent collections of numerous institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the International Museum of Photography and Film at the George Eastman House, and the Bibliotheque Nationale.
LACP Interviews Andrea Modica
LACP asks Andrea Modica questions about her background, career in and beliefs about photography.
Los Angeles Center of Photography: What kind of photographer are you?
Andrea Modica: 8X10 photographer, making platinum/palladium prints, mostly images of people, but not exclusively
LACP: How long have you been shooting?
AM: 30+ years
LACP: Where did you get your training?
AM: SUNY Purchase, BFA, Yale University, MFA
LACP: When did you know you wanted to devote your life to photography?
AM: Junior year of college
LACP: Did you ever come close to giving up?
LACP: Have you sacrificed anything by being a photographer?
AM: I’ve gained a great deal, but my life has not been “traditional”. I don’t feel this has been a sacrifice, however.
LACP: What have you gained by being a photographer?
AM: Simply put, photography has given me the access and courage to go places I would not be able to reach without a camera, both literally and figuratively.
LACP: What do you love most about teaching?
AM: Being with like-minded people.