Carrie Patterson, Chair
Associate Professor of Art
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Alumni Where are they now?
Matthew Fishel (studio art, 2001) completed an MFA at Maryland Institute College of Art in 2010. Originally interested in painting, Matthew has expanded his practice to include animation, video, installation, and digital imaging. He is a frequent contributor to RedStarKGB, an ongoing collaboration of filmmakers in Baltimore. His own film, "A Short Film Regarding Possibilities", was selected by the Maryland Film Festival in 2006. See his work at http://www.matthewfishel.com
Through Other Eyes; Gypsies Photographed
Abstract: A photograph is perceived as a testament to the absolute validity of the scene, object, or person as it is presented in that image. The purpose of this thesis is to address the falsehood of this perception. Specifically, it contends that a photographic image can easily convey information, themes, or ideas not present in the physical subject-matter itself. As a means of achieving this goal, this thesis examines photographs of Eastern European and Central Asian Romani peoples or “Gypsies” taken by three individual photographers working in diverse styles and with a myriad of different visions. Through visual and content analysis and utilizing available means of determining the photographers’ intent in creating these images of Gypsies, this thesis will propose a manner of understanding the role that photographs play in supporting or undermining culturally constructed concepts such as the “Gypsy Image."