More than 500 photographs from the personal collection of curator and BFA Photography Department faculty member W.M. Hunt are on display through February 19 at the George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography and Film, 900 East Avenue, Rochester, New York. As the name of the exhibition suggests, “The Unseen Eye: Photographs from the W.M. Hunt Collection” is focused on not looking—the eyes of the subjects in each image are never directly fixed upon the viewer, whether due to an averted gaze, positioning of the head or blurring.
Among the photographers featured in the exhibit are SVA faculty members Bill Armstrong, Elinor Carucci and Carrie Levy (BFA 2000 Photography); Stephen Frailey (chair, BFA Photography and MPS Fashion Photography departments); and alumni Maya Barkai (BFA 2005 Photography), Anthony Fuller (BFA 2003 Photography, MAT 2011 Art Education), Simen Johan (BFA 1996 Photography) and Joseph Sywenkyj (BFA 2002 Photography).
“The collection and exhibition represent a very personal journey for me,” says Hunt. “It is my conscious made manifest. These are all photos of me. But they’re all of you, too. They are evocative, whimsical, representational, many things. I love the mystery of it. You have to react, to come to the image, to make up your own story.”
For more information, visit the George Eastman House Web site.
Image: Carrie Levy, Untitled from the series “Domestic Stages.”