Archival pigment print available in the following sizes:
16" x 20"
Edition size: 25
30" x 40"
Edition size: 10
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Jack Perno's statement about KWESI'S PORTAL:
I always loved working with Kwesi Dei. Even if I wasn’t certain of our final destination he would completely disarm himself and trust my vision. I had photographed him for an editorial magazine story and asked him if he would participate on a Portal after we finished. He has a great ability to be naturally understated and sublime. Curiosity and wonder is a reoccurring theme in the Portal series.
Jack Perno's statement about THE PORTAL SERIES:
A gateway from one place to another, a world, a time , or to an expanded awareness.
Each image is a story or narrative, which susceptible to multiple interpretation, encouraging the viewer to derive their own conclusion and personal meaning.
"I remember when I was a boy taking photos of models with my father's old "Brownie Hawkeye" camera. I would sit at my desk building model planes, boats and monsters like Frankenstein and Dracula. I found it extremely rewarding to thoughtfully position and carefully photograph them. They were my version of a supermodel. When the polaroid film camera was invented, I became fascinated with the virtually instant image process.
Years later, I received a BFA in photography from the Kansas City Art Institute, when photography was just beginning to be recognized as a fine art form. After college and a year of assisting photographers, I landed my first freelance job as a magazine photographer, working in the US and Europe. I was shooting fashion models and consistently being published.
Along the journey, I never abandoned my first love...polaroid. Polaroid emulsion lifts and multiple imagery nourished my curiosity and soul for decades."
Jack Perno's photographs have been published in Town & Country, Vogue, and Italian Vogue.