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About Between Destinations

Between DestinationsBETWEEN DESTINATIONS, a stunning photography book to be published in May 2012 features the latest photography of Candace Gaudiani. Her images lyrically transform the vistas of train travel into personal artistic statements reflecting the photographer’s haunting memories of an earlier time.

The photographs featured in Between Destinations evoke a dreamy, romantic vision of the landscape we see when traveling.  The ethereal images explore what it means to be part of and sometimes estranged from the places we hold in our memories. That very ambiguity of belonging, longing, and estrangement led to Gaudiani’s choice of framing each image through a train window.  We are with her on the inside looking out while passing by, reaffirming that we are always between destinations, from birth to the end.

Jane Reed states, “If you look at Robert Frank’s images, he rode through America and he was relating to the people. He was photographing people and small towns and there was a much more social engagement. This is, I think, a lonelier journey.”

For her photography for Between Destinations, Gaudiani avoids images of people in the photographs on the train. “I want the viewer to be all alone experiencing this journey. I like to think of it as a metaphor for the kind of psychological odysseys we undertake.” These images are presented larger than life when exhibited, enveloping the viewer in a mesmerizing story.

“I have always been interested in photography and the art of story-telling,” says Gaudiani, “using photography to explore issues of impermanence.” Her previous photographic work has included: “Do I Measure Up?..” a series devoted to the behind the scenes world of body builders and their judgmental self-criticism – what they choose to reveal publicly and what they keep privately; and “Conversations” a series that features portraits of people in intimate conversations. Each series is very different in subject matter, but there is always the story of a sense of time passing and of life’s changeability and impermanence.

About the Author

Candace Gaudiani is an artist in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her passion for travel and making art began as a child. As she traveled with her family through all forty eight states, she photographed, drew story boards, and wrote journals. Recently, over the past seven years of creating this body of work, she was drawn to retrace old routes and memories.

Gaudiani is a three-time finalist in Critical Mass and was nominated for the inaugural Aperture West Book Prize for the top one hundred artists west of the Mississippi. In November Gaudiani will attend the International Lishui Photofestival in China. Her images will be included in an international traveling show organized by Galerie Huit, Arles, France, which will travel to Malaysia in 2012. A graduate of Harvard (cum laude), she studied art at the University of California, Berkeley and with the printmaker of the late Eugene Smith. Her work has been exhibited at George Eastman House, Electric Works, Lens Culture, Haines Gallery, San Jose Museum of Art, Center for Photographic Arts and The Figge Art Museum, and is in private collections including George Eastman House; the Fidelity Investments Corporate Art Collection; The Sack Photographic Trust; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The Cleveland Museum of Art; Cavallo Point Photography Collection, San Francisco; Art Museum of the Americas, Organization of American States; and the Harry Ransom Center for the Humanities.

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About the Essayists

Alison Nordström is Curator of Photographs and Director of Exhibitions at George Eastman House, the oldest and largest museum of photography in the United States. She lectures and writes extensively on contemporary and historical photography.  She is recognized as an expert on the role of photography in culture contact and its relationship to popular and scholarly notions of history and memory. She was the Founding Director and Senior Curator of the Southeast Museum of Photography in Daytona Beach, Florida. She has curated over 100 exhibitions of photography.

Director, Executive Producer, Jane Levy Reed is active internationally as a filmmaker, curator, critic, and historian of photography and is based in California. In addition to organizing exhibitions, Reed has been a frequent editor of Camerawork: A Journal of Photographic Arts, and numerous other international photography journals.

Book design by Martin Venezky of Appetite Engineers, San Francisco