Marcy Palmer (https://www.marcypalmer.com/) Marcy Palmer’s work circles around themes of home, beauty, and science. Marcy has an M.F.A. in Photography & Related Media from the School of Visual Arts and a B.S. in Studio Art from Skidmore College. Marcy’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at various spaces including The Griffin Museum of Photography, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Center for Photographic Art, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Colorado Photographic Art Center, The Center for Fine Art Photography, The Berlin Biennial of Fine Art and Documentary Photography (GE), The Watershed Media Centre (UK), and other venues. Her work has been written about in The Boston Globe Sunday Edition, D Magazine, Humble Arts Foundation, L’Oiel de la Photographie, Lenscratch, One Twelve, and other publications. Marcy released a book with Yoffy Press at the end of 2020, titled “You Are Eternity, You Are the Mirror” which was chosen as a PhotoEye 2020 Favorite Photobook, The Luupe’s Best Women Made Photobooks of 2020, and one of Deep Red Press’s Memorable Photobooks of 2020. She lives and works in Dallas, TX.
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LACP Interviews Marcy Palmer
LACP asks Marcy Palmer ten questions about their background, career in and beliefs about photography.
LACP: What kind of photographer are you?
Marcy Palmer: I am a fine art photographer who explores the themes of beauty, science, and home. My practice often includes a constructed element or hand-made element in the resulting images.
LACP: How long have you been shooting?
MP: I learned film-based photography and how to use the darkroom in high school. My studies continued in college, then graduate school.
LACP: Where did you get your training?
MP: I started learning about photography at Saratoga Springs High School, and continued to take some photography courses at Skidmore College while pursuing a B.S. in Studio Art. I then went on to earn my M.F.A. in Photography and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts.
LACP: When did you know you wanted to devote your life to photography?
MP: Early on, I fell in love with photography while seeing Robert Frank’s retrospective at the Whitney Museum of Art.
LACP: Did you ever come close to giving up?
MP: At one point, I took a break from photography, pursuing collage and drawing instead, but eventually returned to the medium with a new perspective.
LACP: Have you sacrificed anything by being a photographer?
MP: Probably some financial stability, but I am glad to be pursuing this work.
LACP: What have you gained by being a photographer?
MP: A new perspective on the world, the freedom to be curious and explore, and being able to participate in a history of and ongoing dialogue of visual work.
LACP: What classes do you teach at LACP?
MP: I will be teaching silver and gold leaf classes
LACP: What do you love most about teaching?
MP: I enjoy problem solving with the students, the creative generation of new ideas, the novel communication of concepts/ideas, and the comradery created with the students in the classes.
LACP: What advice would you give someone who is thinking about making a career in photography?
MP: The way the medium is used is changing quickly, and I would encourage an open minded and flexible approach, as well as patience with one’s own work.