Fotomonday: As It Was Give(n) To Me – by Stacy Kranitz

With “Fotomonday“, each week we showcase the work of women photographers from around the world.



As it was Give(n) to Me is an archive of collected images, text, drawings and objects that traces exploration and extraction in central Appalachia. These documents reflect on our relationship to representations of reality and the inherent flaws and ruptures in constructed notions of truth.




Stacy Kranitz: “Working within the social documentary tradition, I make photographs that challenges and deconstruct accepted notions of this genre through a heightened sense of self-awareness shared between the subject and myself as artist.

Acknowledging the limits of photographic representation, my images create an expanded sense of authorship and accountability in which all parties (including the viewer) are complicit in the representational act as a false, and yet, ultimately, satisfying and seductive construct. My images do not tell the “truth”, but are honest about their inherent shortcomings, and thus reclaim these failures (exoticism, ambiguity, fetishization) as sympathetic equivalents to more forcefully convey the complexity and instability of the lives, places and moments they depict. In this way, my work, acknowledges the failure of representation to ever be able to communicate the other.”

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All images and text © Stacy Kranitz