NYC photographer Sam Eisenberg is the definition of diligent, emerging talent. A third-year photography student at School of Visual Arts (and part-time MADE intern), Eisenberg presents her highly stylized and intimate approach to black and white photography with the help of her muse- close friend and photographer Colton Rabon.
Eisenberg writes, “This work explores my central belief that photography must evoke mystery. In this body of work, I use props, stylized body postures, and the projection of older images to create tension between the models engagement and the environment. These photographs do not focus on my model for the purpose of portraiture but rather capture the union between my spirit as the maker and his. ‘I would much prefer people looked at my photographs as if they were paintings. When we look at paintings we look only at the image; we experience it. Somehow when people look at photographs they want an answer to a question that they feel can be answered through technical information’ (Adam Fuss). For me black and white photography is a form of departure from the world we see in color and less about technical information/technique. It houses stronger elements of abstraction and enables the world to become more imaginative, sensuous and poetic. While looking at this body of work, it isn’t enough to study what is photographed, one needs to reflect into one’s own consciousness in order to gain access to the sense of mystery, the contradiction of dreams and reality.
This work is influenced by artists like, Daido Moriyama, René Magritte, Salvador Dalí, Man Ray, Claude Cahun, Auguste Rodin, and Pari Dukovic.”