Melissa Shook: Early Self-Portraits 1972-1973


“Photographs are memory, a way of tricking fate…, talismans against loss, a bargain with death” wrote Shook in her essay for Camera Arts in 1981. This exhibition examines her early photographs haunted by the unreliability of memory.
From September 8 to October 15, 2022, MIYAKO YOSHINAGA gallery will feature a solo exhibition by Shook, presenting compelling black-and-white self-portraits she created in the early 1970s.

The Daily Self-Portraits 1972-1973 series is a pioneering project exploring intimate female
identity in photography. Shook captured herself in a simple setting in her downtown New York loft against an empty wall space. Over the next 8 months, Shook developed a personal landscape, taking control of her attractive body while feeling shy, playful, melancholic, tired, or intimidated.