Tenneson is among the most respected photographers of our time, and has been described critically as “one of America’s most interesting portrayers of the human character.” Her work is a combination of portraiture and mythology-she is interested in discovering the archetypes of our being.
Tenneson’s work has been shown in over 150 exhibitions worldwide, and is part of numerous private and museum collections. Her photographs have appeared on countless covers for magazines such as: Time, Life, Entertainment Weekly, Newsweek, Premiere, Esquire and The New York Times Magazine. She is also a much sought-after portrait photographer with clients in Europe, Japan, and the United States.
Tenneson is the author of thirteen books, her latest, entitled Joyce Tenneson: A Life in Photography, was published by Bulfinch Press in 2008. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the International Center of Photography’s Infinity Award, for best applied photography and was just elected as the Farnsworth’s Maine in America Award honoree for 2016. In addition, she has been named “Photographer of the Year” by the international organization, Women in Photography. A recent poll conducted by American Photo Magazine voted Tenneson among the ten most influential women photographers in the history of photography. Joyce lives and works in Rockport, Maine.
Tenneson’s portraits go beyond a surface recording of her subject’s likeness. Her signature-style images attempt to show the inner person who hovers behind the facade. Says Tenneson: “I want to allow others to reveal and celebrate aspects of themselves that are usually hidden. My camera is a witness. It holds a light up for my subjects to help them feel their own essence, and gives them the courage to collaborate in the recording of these revelations.”
“Every so often an artist comes along who defies the easy labeling that curators and critics feel obliged to stick on everything under their rapacious gaze. In spite of lacking obvious inspirations and role models, these artists manage to create deeply felt, radical works that an extraordinary number of viewers respond to with fervor and pleasure.” Karl-Peter Gottschalk, photography critic, on Joyce Tenneson
Watch Joyce speak about her work here: Joyce Tenneson: Unseen Polaroids
Richard Blanco, Sean Kernan, and Alissa Hessler honor a beloved visionary artist, teacher, mentor and friend of the extended community of Maine Media Workshop and College. Video by Tom Ryan.
PHOTOGRAPHING THE SOUL OF YOUR SUBJECTS, Sedona Arts Center – Sedona PhotoFest, Sedona, Arizona, May 1st, 2015
WHAT MAKES A PORTRAIT MEMORABLE, Sedona Arts Center – Sedona PhotoFest, Sedona, Arizona, May 3rd, 2015
THE INTIMATE PORTRAIT, Maine Media Workshops, Rockport, Maine, July 19th – 25th, 2015
THE INTIMATE PORTRAIT, Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, November 1st – 6th, 2015