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Photography by Jeanette May seen at 42 St-Bryant Park Station, New York - "Tech Time Capsule," Lightbox Installation
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"Tech Time Capsule," Lightbox Installation


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"Tech Time Capsule" is a lightbox installation in a New York City subway station, featuring seven photographs from my "Tech Vanitas" photography series.

I began this photo series to address my anxiety around new technology and my love for beautifully designed, obsolete machines. For those familiar with art history, these photographs clearly reference 17th Century Dutch vanitas paintings, and the quality of light and color may even appear painterly. At the same time, the compositions and beautifully designed subject matter hint at product photography and advertising imagery. Finally, these photographs are filled with nostalgia for anachronistic technology and yearning for the latest enchanted objects.

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Jeanette May

New York, NY

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Jeanette May's artistic photographs are filled with whimsy and humor.

Jeanette May is a photo-based artist using a critical, sometimes playful, approach to investigate representation. Early training as a painter is evident in her carefully arranged compositions and rich color palette. Jeanette “makes” photographs: constructed, staged, lit, and carefully considered. Her recent still life project, "Tech Vanitas", embraces her love of vintage tech and the anxiety surrounding technological obsolescence.

Jeanette received her MFA in Photography from CalArts and her BFA in Painting from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her work is exhibited in galleries and museums internationally, including New York, Washington DC, Chicago, Los Angeles, Toronto, Shanghai, Barcelona, Milan, and Athens.

Jeanette lives in Brooklyn, NY, and works from her studio at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (EFA) in Manhattan.