© Rita Bernstein
© Rita Bernstein
Rita Bernstein says she began "to photograph in earnest" after she left her career as a civil rights lawyer and "had two young children to whom I was tethered."
A reluctant traveler, most of her photographs are taken close to home, either in Philadelphia or near her family's cottage in northern Pennsylvania.
A series of her photographs, Undertow, is featured in the Griffin Gallery of the Griffin Museum September 27 through December 2. A reception with the artist is September 27, 7-8:30 p.m.
"I explored the sorrows as well as the sweetness of family life and, more generally, the ambivalence that shadows intimate relationships," Bernstein says.
"I work intuitively, discovering rather than orchestrating my pictures, and I am drawn to ambiguous narratives that have an undertow of tension and mystery," she says.
Bernstein adds that she uses processes and materials that "are sympathetic to my subject matter and that reflect the unique characteristics and flawed beauty of the people I photograph."
"In both my images and my prints, I am courting the imperfect, the messy, the raw, and the vulnerable."
Bernstein has a degree in English from Barnard College and a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Her photography has been widely exhibited.
Prior to the public reception, at 6:15 p.m., Jess Dugan gives a gallery talk for museum members about his exhibit Transcendence, which is featured in the Atelier Gallery.
Undertow is provided to the Griffin Museum courtesy of Catherine Couturier Gallery, Houston, TX; Gallery 339, Philadelphia, PA; Dolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Galerie BMG, Woodstock, NY; and Klompching Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.
The Griffin Museum of Photography is open Tuesday through Thursday, 11 am - 5 pm; Friday 11 am - 4
pm; and Saturday and Sunday, noon - 4 pm. The Museum is closed on Monday. Admission is $7 for
adults; $3 for seniors. Members and children under 12 are admitted free. Admission is free to all
every Thursday. For more information, call 781-729-1158.