Joyce Tenneson

Jessica Tandy, 1997

Original Polaroid, one of a kind

24h x 20w in 

$12,000

Joyce Tenneson

Alex, 1992

Original Polaroid, one of a kind

24h x 20w in 

$12,000

Joyce Tenneson

Woman with Lit Branch, 1992

Original Polaroid, one of a kind

24h x 20w in 

$12,000

Joyce Tenneson

Woman and Lit Wreath, 1991

Original Polaroid, one of a kind

24h x 20w in 

$12,000

Joyce Tenneson

Suzanne with Snake, Part I, 1991

Original Polaroid, one of a kind

24h x 20w in 

$12,000

Joyce Tenneson

Suzanne with Snake, Part II, 1991

Original Polaroid, one of a kind

24h x 20w in 

$12,000

Joyce Tenneson

Sonia and Suzanne, 1988

Original Polaroid, one of a kind

24h x 20w in 

$12,000

Joyce Tenneson

Suzanne and Plaster Detail, 1987

Original Polaroid, one of a kind

24h x 20w in 

$12,000

Joyce Tenneson

Suzanne and Mirror, 1991

Original Polaroid, one of a kind

24h x 20w in 

$12,000

Joyce Tenneson

Suzanne and Birds, 1990

Original Polaroid, one of a kind

24h x 20w in 

$12,000

Joyce Tenneson

Suzanne in Cap, 1986

Original Polaroid, one of a kind

24h x 20w in 

$12,000

Joyce Tenneson

Self Portrait with Old Man, 1986

Original Polaroid, one of a kind

24h x 20w in 

$12,000

Joyce Tenneson

Deanna and Bat Wing, 1986

Original Polaroid, one of a kind

24h x 20w in 

$12,000

Joyce Tenneson

Old Man and Deanna, 1986

Original Polaroid, one of a kind

24h x 20w in 

$12,000

Joyce Tenneson

Deanna and Stone Hand, 1987

Original Polaroid, one of a kind

24h x 20w in 

$12,000

Joyce Tenneson

Deanna and Leg, 1986

Original Polaroid, one of a kind

24h x 20w in 

$12,000

Joyce Tenneson

The Queen, 1990

Original Polaroid, one of a kind

24h x 20w in 

$12,000

Joyce Tenneson

Warrior and Mirror, 1993

Original Polaroid, one of a kind

24h x 20w in 

$12,000

Joyce Tenneson

Man with Lit Fists, 1991

Original Polaroid, one of a kind

24h x 20w in 

$12,000

Joyce Tenneson

Young Man and Light, 1993

Original Polaroid, one of a kind

24h x 20w in 

$12,000

Joyce Tenneson

Woman with Architectural Detail, 1991 

Original Polaroid, one of a kind

24h x 20w in 

$12,000

Joyce Tenneson

Woman with Bird in Light, 1991

Original Polaroid, one of a kind

24h x 20w in 

$12,000

Joyce Tenneson

Woman with Driftwood, 1992

Original Polaroid, one of a kind

24h x 20w in 

$12,000

Joyce Tenneson

Woman and Cloud, 1990

Original Polaroid, one of a kind

24h x 20w in 

$12,000

Joyce Tenneson

Pregnant Globe, 1989

Original Polaroid, one of a kind

24h x 20w in 

$12,000

Joyce Tenneson

Katie and Skirt, 1987

Original Polaroid, one of a kind

24h x 20w in 

$12,000

Joyce Tenneson

Nude and Footprints, 1993

Original Polaroid, one of a kind

24h x 20w in 

$12,000

Joyce Tenneson

Two Sisters, 1987

Original Polaroid, one of a kind

24h x 20w in 

$12,000

Joyce Tenneson

Three Women and One Man, 1992

Original Polaroid, one of a kind

24h x 20w in 

$12,000

Joyce Tenneson

Three Women and Plexi, 1992

Original Polaroid, one of a kind

24h x 20w in 

$12,000

Joyce Tenneson

Suzanne and Swan, 1992

Original Polaroid, one of a kind

24h x 20w in 

SOLD

Joyce Tenneson

Suzanne with Lit Arm, 1992

Original Polaroid, one of a kind

24″ x 20″

SOLD

Joyce Tenneson

Jodie Foster, 1996

Original Polaroid, one of a kind

24h x 20w in 

SOLD

Joyce Tenneson

Suzanne and Shark Jaw, 1992

Original Polaroid, one of a kind

24h x 20w in 

SOLD

Biography

Biography

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

Videos

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.

Workshops

Joyce Tenneson

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

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