Member Profile: Mirana Comstock

Artist’s Statement
PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT AND PUBLICATION HIGHLIGHTS • Provincetown Library Aug./Sept. 2015, Generations: 4 Artists, 1 Celebrated Family curator/exhibitor extensive show of 3 generations of my family’s artwork, my photos • Strand Gallery, Boston – Nov./Dec. 2014, Ge...
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PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT AND PUBLICATION HIGHLIGHTS • Provincetown Library Aug./Sept. 2015, Generations: 4 Artists, 1 Celebrated Family curator/exhibitor extensive show of 3 generations of my family’s artwork, my photos • Strand Gallery, Boston – Nov./Dec. 2014, Generations Exhibit, curator/exhibitor • National Arts Club, New York: images chosen for Juried Exhibit, 2016, 2015 • Spider International Black and White Photography Competition - 1st Place plus four Finalists; judged by Magnum, Tate Gallery, Leica, world’s top curators and publications • 9/11 Memorial Museum - images selected for permanent exhibition in downtown NYC • www.9-11images.com - own website: 150 images, 8 million visitors • Pfizer - exhibitor and co-curator Giving Form to Performance show • New York Historical Society - images selected for exhibit and permanent archive • The Museum of Modern Art - Here Is New York and Life of the City exhibits • Hunter College, New York - commissioned to photograph 4-day Modern Dance Symposium of performance and master classes with dancers and teachers from across the country • Museum of the City of New York - Virtual Times Square • Lincoln Center, Avery Fisher Hall - co-curated and exhibited at group show • Witness - images selected for film about Here Is New York downtown 9/11 exhibit, previewed at the Tribeca Film Festival • Timberland Worldwide - landscapes featured in international campaign • Times Square Lobby - co-curator, PeaceWorks exhibit of 100 artists • Journal of American History - selections from PhotoJournal 9/12 The Daze After • Images Against War - selections from PhotoJournal Eye of the Storm chosen for LichtBlick Gallery, Cologne, Germany; website show and tour of Germany, France • Boston’s South Station, Grand Concourse - multiple solo exhibits, 9/12 The Daze After • Democratic National Convention - covered for Democrats.com, Boston • New York Port Authority - selections from PhotoJournal Theatre District: Street Scenes • Chicago Fire Department - selections from 9/12 The Daze After published in book • Here Is New York - downtown 9/11 New York show, website, international tour • Patriot Ledger Newspaper - 40-image 9/11 slide show at www.ledger.com NOTABLE WORK AND THEMES On Your Toes: dancers, including series commissioned by Hunter College 9/12 The Daze After: NYC after the attack, in the permanent collections of 911 Memorial Museum, New York Historical Society, featured in various books and publications Eye of the Storm: images of political unrest and protest, presidential campaign coverage Disguise ‘n’ Dolls: street theatre of Halloween, Mermaid Parade, Gay Pride, Wigstock Carny Knowledge: carnivals, amusement parks, fairs, with an emphasis on workers in often striking contrast with surroundings...over-the-top happy places, unhappy faces PRESS COVERAGE AND INTERVIEWS PROVINCETOWN BANNER ART NEW ENGLAND MAGAZINE REVOLT MAGAZINE ARTCHASER MAGAZINE PROVINCETOWN MAGAZINE CAPE COD TIMES PATRIOT LEDGER WOMR RADIO INTERVIEW: about family’s creative legacy and how my work fits into it. ARTIST’S STATEMENT As a multi-field creative, I approach photography as a completely different way to tell a story than writing. For me, writing is about editing, changing, rethinking. I like to experience photography as the opposite...catching the image, being in that moment and doing as little as possible afterwards to alter that initial experience. It’s a great balance...stretching a whole other set of creative muscles. BACKGROUND Family lore has it that with three generations of artists, there was no wall space left when I came along. Instead, I initially followed after my grandfather, acclaimed author and musician Konrad Bercovici, and aunt, writer and singer Rada Bercovici. A multi-field creative, I trained at NY’s Music and Art, Juilliard and Lee Strasberg. Fronted indie bands as lead singer/keyboard player/songwriter on MTV, rock radio and the club scene. And won multiple Best of Fest screenwriting awards at film festivals. Along with my husband, Rick, I am also currently recording as half of alternate dance/rock duo Theory of Tides. But, eventually, through photography, my visual heritage did come to the fore, becoming one more way for me to tell my stories.
SPECIALTIES: Documentary, Nature, Performance/Action, Portraits, Scenics, Street Photography