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One of the images selected for this year's Taking In shows us a window, or more specifically, a screen that has seen better days. As viewers we stand in an unnamed space that resists domestic comforts and look through that battered screen to a bright day. We are both inside and out, in the moment and looking past it. In another photograph a young man confronts us as a woman clasps both sides of his head. Her expression reveals little, but her grip is strong. Raking light and ambiguous gesture illuminate, but do not define, the complexities of intimacy.

These two photographs, like so many others in this publication, pose enigmatic questions while generously giving us the space to supply our own answers. They mark places and moments that have compelled the artists to pause, to lift images from the flow of life. As a collection their tenor is attentive, with an eye towards the darkness of our times and paradoxically, the levity of human gesture. As the writer and cultural critic Rebecca Solnit writes, "This is an extraordinary time full of vital, transformative movements that could not be foreseen. It's also a nightmarish time. Full engagement requires the ability to perceive both." Like the artists themselves, the images presented here have been shaped and cultivated and now exist on their own, nourishing our full engagement with the ambivalence and the vital potential of our contemporary experience.

We are endlessly grateful to our esteemed jurors, Paula Tognarelli, Executive 1 Director of the Griffin Museum of Photography, and independent curator Barbara Hitchcock. Their gracious and critical sensibilities provide insight into the connective threads of the work. It is the spirit of collaboration, both as artists and as citizens, that is the strength of this publication and we thank the student publishers of Taking In for reminding us of its power

Publication Date

Spring 2016

Document Type



Lesley University


Cambridge, MA


Student work, Photography, Student Publication, Juried Work, Undergraduate, Video, Art


Art and Design | Art Education | Art Practice | Book and Paper | Fine Arts | Photography

Taking In: A Juried Selection of Undergraduate Photography 2016