Midwest Photographers Publication ProjectPhotographs by Kelli Connell, Justin Newhall and Brian Ulrich
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The Midwest Photographers Publication Project (MP3) three-volume series, produced in collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP), Chicago, presents an affordable, beautifully produced introduction to three young artists poised on the brink of stardom: Kelli Connell, Justin Newhall, and Brian Ulrich.
Kelli Connell digitally manipulates a single individual to represent two sides of an evolving relationship, in what the artist calls "an autobiographical questioning of sexuality and gender roles." Justin Newhall’s lyrical exploration of discovery, speculation, and exploitation along the Lewis and Clark Trail through the Dakotas, Montana, and beyond explores the forces that have shaped our treatment of the land. Brian Ulrich shoots in malls, grocery stores, and warehouses, documenting the bounty of consumer goods available and the peculiarities of the consumers themselves; shoppers caught up in fantasy or quite simply overwhelmed, most certainly familiar.
Founded in 1982 by MoCP, the Midwest Photographers Project is a unique collection of contemporary photography established to promote both prominent and emerging photographers from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. The MP3 series aims to give greater recognition to artists on the verge of national and international prominence.