Panas heeft een grote interesse in opgroeiende jeugd; zoekend naar een eigen identiteit. Voor ´The Mark of Abel´, waarvan ook een gelijknamig boek is verschenen, heeft zij niet alleen de relaties binnen een familie, maar ook de kracht en kwetsbaarheid van jongeren vastgelegd
Lydia Panas lives in southeastern Pennsylvania.
"Portraiture is complicated. It can represent the figure in front of the lens or a moment of recognition. Portraiture incorporates a spectrum of emotions and although not specific, can articulate impressions otherwise difficult to express.
When I make a portrait, I watch to find something I know. Often it is a feeling left over from my past. It may be something I long for or a feeling that helps me connect. Making portraits helps to satisfy my curiosity and re-create what I did not understand in my early years, a reality
hidden from me, that I was desperate to understand.
As a child I learned not to believe what was in front of me.
As an artist I need to see what´s there."
Lydia Panas is an award winning photographer whose work has been exhibited internationally. Lydia´s work has been published widely in periodicals such as the New York Times Magazine, Photo District News, Popular Photography, the San Francisco Chronicle and the Wall Street Journal Blog.
Lydia has degrees from Boston College, School of VIsual Arts, New York University / International Center of Photography.
She also received a Whitney Museum Independent Study Fellowship.
Lydia has taught photography at numerous institutions including The Museum of Modern Art, Lafayette. Muhlenberg and Moravian Colleges, Kutztown University, Maine Media Workshops, Houston Center for Photography, The Vermont College MFA Program and The Baum School of Art/ Lehigh Carbon Community College.
Her first monograph "The Mark of Abel", was published by Kehrer Verlag, and received a Best Books Nomination from Photo Eye Magazine (2011), named in the Photo District News’ PHOTO ANNUAL Books of 2012, as well as a Top Ten Coffee Table Book of 2012 by the Daily Beast.
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