Kevin Bubriski

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Kevin Bubriski (born 1954) is an American documentary photographer.

Life and career[edit]

Bubriski was born in North Adams, Massachusetts. He attended Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, graduating in 1975. He worked as a photographer for nine years in Nepal and has also photographed trips to India, Tibet, and Bangladesh. Bubriski lives in Vermont with his wife.

He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation,[1] the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Asian Cultural Council. Kevin Bubriski has exhibited worldwide; his work can be found in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art,[2] The Metropolitan Museum of Art,[3] and the International Center of Photography, all in New York, as well as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Yale University Art Gallery,[4] the Center for Creative Photography[5] in Tucson and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France in Paris. In 2002, his work was included in a group exhibition about September 11 at the Library of Congress.[6] Kevin Bubriski's book, Portrait of Nepal, won the Golden Light Documentary Award in 1993 and his work has been featured in several publications, including the New York Times and the LA Times.

Bubriski was awarded the 2010-2011 Robert Gardner Visiting Artist Fellowship in Photography.[7] An exhibit of Bubriski's work, entitled Shadows of Shangri La: Nepal in Photographs," was on display in Cambridge, Massachusetts from May to September 2014.[8] The show was sponsored by Harvard University's Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology and the university's Asia Studies Center. Together the exhibit and its accompanying publication, Nepal: 1975–2011, "document the dramatic evolution of daily life in Nepal, from its years as a Hindu kingdom to what [Bubriski] calls 'the current precarious peace'."[9]

Reception[edit]

Bubriski's exhibition "Shadows of Shangri La: Nepal in Photographs" and his book Nepal: 1975–2011 have been featured in the Boston Globe,[10][11][12][13] New York Times,[14] Nepali Times,[15] ECS Nepal,[16] Kathmandu Post,[17] Asian Ethnology,[18] Art New England,[19] and Harvard Magazine. In his review for Asian Ethnology Niels Gutschow of Heidelberg University was able to "value Bubriski's work as a unique testimony that destroys any reproaches" for "Bubriski does not present clichés and he does not indulge the colonial gaze that tends to isolate the exotic."[20] Bret Chenkin of Art New England critiques that "the earliest works appear stronger—have more visual dynamism and authenticity." Yet Chenkin appreciates the accessibility of the later images, explaining that "they bring a viewer sitting half the world away that much closer. Anyone who reads Bubriski's photographic journal will be satiated visually, artistically and culturally."[21] Mark Feeney of the Boston Globe writes: "Bubriski's images convey a sense of Nepal that feels strong, full, and nuanced.[22]

His book, Legacy in Stone: Syria Before War was featured in The Washington Post,[23] The New York Review of Books,[24] Roads and Kingdoms,[25] and on public radio stations WBUR[26] and VPR.[27]

Our Voices, Our Streets: American Protests 2001-2011 was also featured in The New York Review of Books,[28] and in the Daily Beast.[29]

Published works[edit]

  • Portrait of Nepal (1993)
  • Power Places of Kathmandu (1995)
  • Pilgrimage: Looking at Ground Zero (2002)
  • Michael Rockefeller: New Guinea Photographs, 1961 (2007)
  • Maobadi (2011)
  • Nepal: 1975–2011 (2013)
  • Look into My Eyes: Nuevomexicanos por Vida, '81-'83 (2016)
  • Mustang in Black and White, co-author Sienna Craig (2018)
  • Legacy in Stone: Syria Before War (2019)
  • Our Voices, Our Streets: American Protests 2001-2011, Forward: Lucy McKeon, Afterward: Howard Zinn (2020)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "John Simon Guggenheim Foundation | Kevin Bubriski".
  2. ^ "Kevin Bubriski. Three Pilgrims at the Sangam, Kumbh Mela, Allahabad, India. 1989 | MoMA".
  3. ^ https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search#!?q=Kevin%20Bubriski&perPage=20&sortBy=Relevance&offset=0&pageSize=0[bare URL]
  4. ^ "Overview and Highlights | Yale University Art Gallery".
  5. ^ "EMuseum".
  6. ^ "Documentary Photographs - Witness and Response: September 11 Acquisitions at the Library of Congress | Exhibitions - Library of Congress". Library of Congress.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-08-20. Retrieved 2020-02-16.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "In 'Shadows of Shangri La,' medieval and modern in Nepal - the Boston Globe". The Boston Globe.
  9. ^ "Nepal in Pictures". 16 June 2014.
  10. ^ Feeney, Mark. "In 'Shadows of Shangri La' medieval and modern in Nepal". Boston Globe: Theater & Art. The Boston Globe. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  11. ^ Gardner, Jan. "New England Literary News". Boston Globe: Books. Boston Globe. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  12. ^ "Boston-area to do list - the Boston Globe". The Boston Globe.
  13. ^ Bergeron, Chris. "Seeking paradise through a lens". Wicked Local. Taunton Daily Gazette. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  14. ^ Lorch, Donatella (5 March 2015). "A Timeless Portrait of Nepal". LENS Photography, Video, and Visual Journalism. The New York Times. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  15. ^ Choo, Cynthia. "Documenting dukkha". Nepali Times. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  16. ^ "'Pieces of a Continuum'".
  17. ^ Gill, Michael. "Nepal in pictures". ekantipur.com. Kathmandu Post. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  18. ^ Gutschow, Niels (2015). "Review of Nepal: 1975–2011". Asian Ethnology. 74 (1): 249–251. doi:10.18874/ae.74.1.22. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  19. ^ Chenkin, Bret. "Nepal 1975–2011: Kevin Bubriski Photographs". ANE Online. Art New England. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  20. ^ Gutschow, Niels (2015). "Review of Nepal: 1975–2011". Asian Ethnology. 74 (1): 249–251. doi:10.18874/ae.74.1.22. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  21. ^ Chenkin, Bret. "Nepal 1975–2011: Kevin Bubriski Photographs". ANE Online. Art New England. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  22. ^ Feeney, Mark. "In 'Shadows of Shangri La' medieval and modern in Nepal". Boston Globe: Theater & Art. The Boston Globe. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  23. ^ Dickerman, Kenneth; Bubriski, Kevin (2019-02-08). "Perspective | This photographer documented Syria's ancient monuments, unaware they would be ravaged by war". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2021-02-16.
  24. ^ Ahmad, Muhammad Idrees. "Syria's Monumental Loss". The New York Review of Books. Retrieved 2021-02-16.
  25. ^ "Photographer Kevin Bubriski talks about his new book showcasing Syrian architecture". Roads & Kingdoms. 2019-02-01. Retrieved 2021-02-16.
  26. ^ "'Legacy In Stone' Captures Images Of Syria Before War". www.wbur.org. 2019-03-05.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  27. ^ "Shaftsbury Photographer's Book Captures Monuments Of Pre-War Syria". www.vpr.org. 2019-01-15.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  28. ^ Bubriski, Kevin; McKeon, Lucy. "Portraits of American Protest". The New York Review of Books. Retrieved 2021-02-16.
  29. ^ Dilawar, Arvind (2020-09-07). "Street Protests Before the Age of Trump Had a Very Different Vibe". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 2021-02-16.

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