JAY MUHLIN
April 2009

Astoria, NY – “My personal work often focuses on loss and healing. I am interested in Photography and Artists Books. I use the descriptive qualities of photography to explore an environment and reveal emotional truth in the everyday.
I live in New York City and received my BFA in Photography from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in 1999. My photographs have been published in various publications worldwide and have also been featured in the books, Five Flights Up and Other New York Apartment Stories, by Toni Schlesinger, and Saturday Night, Sunday Morning: Playing and Praying in Black Culture, edited by Deborah Willis, both 2006. In 2007 I was an artist-in-residence at the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, NY. My first long-term book project Half life: A Portrait of Lauren was published in 2008. It documents the life and suicide of a close friend and my relationship to her. That project is comprised of photographs and collected writings that Lauren and I shared throughout the six years we knew each other, and photographs and documents created after her death. It was shown at the “21st Annual Book Fair Center for Independent Book Publishers” and “NY Printed Matter\’s NY Art Book Fair” and belongs to various private collections.”

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