Julia Baum, Erin, digital c-print, 2008. Courtesy of NY Studio Gallery.
NY Studio Gallery is pleased to present: A Rare Breed – A Portrait Series on Redheads by Julia Baum. A redhead herself, Baum uses her insight as a photographer and interest in the photographic portrait to investigate elements of what makes the red haired person so unique.
The project was initiated by a widely printed rumor that redheads are going extinct. While the rumor proved to be false, Baum began documenting her red haired subjects both as an exploration of portraiture (Baum had until then been a landscape photographer) and as a way of documenting and preserving the legacy of redheads.
The artist states, “As redheads, we are used to being one in a crowd and regularly noted for our appearance. Experiencing life in this way from infancy through adulthood influences who we are. As a natural redhead, I know our hair color affects more than just our appearance. As only 1% of the entire human population, our distinctive coloring is a relevant topic from day one.”
Throughout the series, while the red hair gene is constant, each coloration and personality within the series exemplifies a unique manifestation. In A Rare Breed, Baum takes advantage of the radiant light of her daylight studio – to examine the outward appearance and inner character her subjects present. While photographing individuals in front of a simple white background, Baum allows us to examine the nuance of each shade of red in a provocative and entertaining series of intimate photographs.
About Julia Baum Born in Rochester, NY and currently living in Brooklyn, NY, Julia Baum received BFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts in 2005. Her work has been shown in New York, NY, Rochester, NY, Chicago, IL, and Shanxi, China.