Milton Alumni Featured at Nesto
by Emma Martin on Friday, April 24th, 2015
Opening on Friday, May 1st in the Nesto Gallery is a collection comprised solely of alumni work. The gallery, titled “Confronting Contemporary Culture: The Documentary in Still and Moving Image” features film and photography work from former students: Scout Tufankjian, ‘96, Sebastian Meyer, ‘98, Ian Cheney, ‘98, Mae Ryan, ‘05, and Ciara Crocker, ‘10. Ironically, the majority of these artists did not pursue photography in college, yet eventually were all drawn back to the art, presumably because of a solid start at the Acad. These photographers started their life behind the camera at Milton in the darkroom and digital studio where art students work today. Returning to campus, these alumni bring with them a diverse collection of art utilising mediums ranging from black and white film to digital stills.
All five artists have greatly greatly in their respective realms; each uniquely capturing human life through their lens. Ian Cheney of the class of ‘98 is a documentary filmmaker. His work has not only been Emmy-nominated, but also Peabody-Award winning. His most recent film The Search for General Tso (2014) explores Chinese food in America and the search for the origin of the beloved dish: General Tso’s chicken. The collection’s youngest artist, Ciara Crocker, ‘10, has received multiple awards and honors for her photography, including attending a New York Times hosted portfolio review. Crocker’s work has appeared in various galleries ranging from Milton Academy’s own Nesto Gallery (2010) to China’s International Photography Festival (2014). A graduate of both Stanford and the International Center of Photography, Mae Ryan, ‘98, is a video journalist currently working for the Guardian. She was named one of 20 “Emerging Artists to Watch in Film and Video” by Photo District News and has won multiple awards for her short films and documentaries. Sebastian Meyer, class of ‘98, focuses his work mainly on war and its effects. He is currently based in Iraq, where he has been since 2009, not only reporting, but also starting Iraq’s first photography agency: Metrography. Conveying the power and fear induced by war, Meyer showcases a raw view of today’s Iraq. Scout Tufankijian, ‘96, has spent her career not only documenting Barack Obama’s campaign, but the Egyptian Revolution and the aftermath following. Tufankijian’s book Yes We Can: Barack Obama’s History-Making Presidential Campaign not only sold out prior to its release date,but also became a New York Times and LA Times best seller. Online, a photo shot by Tufankijian of Obama and the First Lady’s hug became the most liked photo on Facebook. Her newest book titled There is Only the Earth: Images from the Armenian Diaspora Project will be released this month and showcases communities from over 20 different countries.
For anyone interested in checking out the works of these artists, the show opens Friday, May 1st with a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 and closes with a reception on Grads weekend, Saturday, June 13th from 1:00 to 2:30.
Short URL: http://miltonmeasure.org/?p=7014