Wait Watchers

On Display: September 5-28th
Opening Reception: Friday, September 5th 6-9pm
FREE Artist Lecture with Haley Morris-Cafiero: Saturday, September 6th 1-2pm

Newspace Center for Photography is excited to present the exhibitions Wait Watchers by Memphis, TN-based photographer Haley Morris-Cafiero.

Haley Morris-Cafiero captures images of herself posed in public spaces at moments when others seem to respond to her presence. These interactions suggest she is the object of the other’s gaze, but are ambiguous in their meaning. The resulting images allow the viewer to contemplate the ways in which we react to and interact with strangers in the social environment.

ABOUT Haley Morris-Cafiero
Haley Morris-Cafiero is a photographer based in Memphis. She uses film and digital rangefinders to capture her images. The unaltered images are printed using digital process. Haley is very proficient at all historic photographic processes including wet plate, daguerreotype, platinum printing, salt and gum bichromate. Haley received her MFA in Art from the University of Arizona and her BFA in Ceramics and BA in Photography from University of North Florida. She is currently an Associate Professor and Head of the Photography Department at Memphis College of Art.


Artist Statement
For my series, Wait Watchers, I set up a camera in a heavy-traffic, public area and take hundreds of photographs as I perform mundane, everyday tasks as people pass by me. I then examine the images to see if any of the passersby had a critical or questioning element in their face or in their body language. I consider my photographs a social experiment and I travel the world in an attempt to photograph the reactions of a diverse pool of passersby.

I seek out places that are beautifully lit, allow for an interesting composition and, if possible, set up a scene that references ideal feminine beauty and societal expectations. I put the camera on a tripod, bench or with an assistant, in full view of the by-passing gazer, set the focus and exposure and take hundreds of photographs.

The images capture the gazer in a Cartier-Bresson, microsecond moment where the shutter, the scene, my actions and their body language align and are presented to the viewer. While I do not know what they are thinking, the gazer appears to be visually troubled that I am in front of them.


Gallery Hours:
Monday through Thursday 10am-9:30pm
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10am-6pm

Thank you to the Kinsman Foundation and the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation for your ongoing support of the Newspace Gallery.

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