Collier Schorr

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Collier Schorr (born 1963 in New York[1]) is an American artist and fashion photographer best known for her portraits of adolescent men and women, which often blend photographic realism with elements of fiction and youthful fantasy.[2] Her work explores themes such as history, nationality, and war, as well as gender and identity. Among her influences are German and Jewish social history, World War II, wrestling, Andrew Wyeth and August Sander.[3]

Schorr grew up in Queens, New York [4] and studied journalism at the School of Visual Arts. In the 1980s and the 1990s she also worked actively as an art critic.[1] Her photography work was featured in the 2002 Whitney Biennial and the 2003 International Center for Photography Triennial. In 2008 she received a Berlin Prize by the American Academy in Berlin.[5] She currently resides in Brooklyn and spends her summers with family in Schwäbisch Gmünd, in Southern Germany.[6]

Schorr considers herself a feminist, though she says: "perhaps, I would not be considered a good feminist by some people, among them ex-students of mine, who might have found me too overbearing, sacrilegious, and not nurturing enough to be a good feminist."[7]

Schorr has been represented by 303 gallery in New York since the early 1990s.



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  3. ^ "Artists speak: Collier Schorr," in Art: 21. School Arts, Nov. 2003, p. 19-20.
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  5. ^ "Guna S. Mundheim Visual Arts Fellow, Class of Spring 2008". American Academy in Berlin. Retrieved March 12, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Collier Schorr in Conversation with Thomas Demand". 032c. Retrieved December 17, 2013. 
  7. ^ Schor, Mira; Amos, Emma; Bee, Susan; Drucker, Johanna; Fernández, María; Jones, Amelia; Kaneda, Shirley; Molesworth, Helen; Pindell, Howardena (1999-01-01). "Contemporary Feminism: Art Practice, Theory, and Activism--An Intergenerational Perspective". Art Journal. 58 (4): 8–29. doi:10.2307/777908. JSTOR 777908. 

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