Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Susan Burnstine Interviews Isa Leshko for Black+White Photography (UK)


The February 2012 issue of Britain’s Black+White Photography magazine will feature an interview between two John Cleary Gallery artists: “Jane-of-all-trades” extraordinaire, Susan Burnstine, and Elderly Animals photographer, Isa Leshko.


Handsome One, Thoroughbred Horse, Age 33


“While most people favour beauty and youth to experience and maturity in humans and animals alike, Isa Leshko’s honest portraits of elderly animals make it impossible to deny the grace in aging.  Her portraits can cut to the bone, make us smile and bring tears to the eyes, but, most importantly, they convey a deep respect for her aging subjects.”


Phyllis, Southdown Sheep, Age 13


“After learning about Leshko’s project, I suggested she visit Los Angeles so she could photograph my dog Blue who was 19 at the time (now 21). And while it’s true that I am as proud of my dog as any mom could be, I can step away from my personal feelings and acknowledge that she has brilliantly conveyed a pride and defiance in aging through Blue’s perseverance and inner strength. […] And that remarkable tenacity contributes to the core message of Leshko’s poignant series in that she continues to fight against the odds, has reconciled her circumstances, and has found peace in aging.”


Blue, Australian Kelpie, Age 19, No. 1


Susan is a regular contributor to Black+White Photography UK’s “American Connection” series; copies may be found at Barnes and Noble retailers nationwide, as well as possible reproduction for iPads through iTunes.

[all quotations taken from the article]

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