The Class of 2020

August 30, 2020

Clockwise from top left: Tzu Hung Huang, Cristal Tappan, Carlos Barradas, Morgan Levy, Tiger Ling, Weronika Teresa Klisiewicz, and Yumeng Zhu.


The Class of 2020

Juried by Michael Itkoff  –  Co-Founder, Daylight Books


Exhibition Statement

This exhibition presents images from 43 young photographers who graduated in the Spring of 2020 amid the disruptions and closures brought on by the spread of COVID-19.  We set out to create a call for entries that could provide an alternative to canceled and disrupted thesis exhibitions to give students an opportunity to present their work to a broader public. The following represents a survey of submitted works, including one image from each newly graduated photographer who submitted to our call.

We received an impressive range of imagery reflecting a broader pluralism that is coming to define contemporary photography discourse. Through a broad array of stylistic, technical, and process-based viewpoints this selection of work represents expanding potentials of what photography is and can be in the 21st century.

In addition to this online exhibition, in the coming weeks we will be introducing portfolio features of the artists selected for special juror awards by Michael Itkoff and Gregory Eddi Jones.

Daylight Books Digital Feature:

  • Morgan Levy  –  MFA, Yale School of Art.

In the In-Between Portfolio Features:

  • Alan Knox  –   MA, University of Westminster, UK.
  • Kelda Van Patten  –   MFA, Pacific Northwest College of Art.
  • Maria Jose Navas Espinal  –   BA, Drew University .
  • Michelle Peterson  –  MFA, Institute of Art and Design at New England College.
  • Sadie Cook  –   BA, Yale University.

All Participating Artists: 

Aaron Novak, Alan Knox, Amber Brown,  Bahram Yazdanpanah, Becca Gohn, Billy Hickey, Carlos Barradas, Christopher Stoltz, Cristal Tappan, Dora Lionstone, Elizabeth Ellenwood, Epiphany Knedler, Granville Carroll, Heather Olker, Hyacinth Schukis, Jasmine Shaw, Jason LeVan, Jem Roberts, Jessica Eve Rattner, Joaquin Palting, Karen Baker, Kelda Van Patten, Ludvig Peres, Madelyn Pederson, Maria Jose Navas Espinal, Martin Skraban, Meghan Scolo, Michelle Peterson, Morgan Levy, Nancy Nichols, Noemi Comi, Olive Werby, Ryan Frigillana, Ryan Rusiecki, Sadie Cook, Stephanie Schwiederek, Stephen Young II, Susan Andreas, Tiger Ling, Tzu Hung Huang, Weronika Teresa Klisiewicz, & Yumeng Zhu.



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