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Jan KASSAY
Jan KASSAY

Sweet Pea

4x5 transparency on metallic photo paper

75x95 cm

2009

Jan KASSAY

Irisis II

Photo print on platin paper  2/9

78x51 cm

2009

 

Jan KASSAY

Irises 1

Photo prints on platin paper  2/9

78x51 cm

2009

Jordanian photographer Jan Kassay explores a variety of themes, including natural and architectural landscapes, people, and flower images which balance between abstraction and a state that she describes as "outside the realm of reality." Kassay graduated with a BFA in Commercial Photography and Art History from George Mason University in Virginia. In 1988, she became the first Jordanian photographer to exhibit in Washington, DC. Kassay is an award-winning fine art and commercial photographer. She lives and works in Amman.

 

"In photography, one should be intimately familiar with the equipment. The camera becomes an extension of the self, and you work through it instinctively as if taking on a new sense. This way, when creativity hits, you seize the moment naturally and without overindulgent thought - unhindered by questions of what to do.

  I am still not technically oriented and I do not know how to 'play' with a computerized image; but I do know my film, as well as the effects of various processes and use of filters, in addition to a bit of imagination - which transports me, takes me places.

  The beginning and end of it all is an image that is well choreographed and well executed.

  You take a process, build on it, modify it and make it your own. For me, the creation of a photographic piece is like playing an instrument - you mold the sounds in order to create the melodies you hear in your head.

  My artwork is done on medium and large format film and lends itself to mural size enlargements. I like to see little details blown up to a large size and overemphasized."

 

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