Aperture Foundation is pleased to present this limited-edition photograph by American artist Joyce Tenneson, as featured in The New York Times Magazine Photographs (Aperture, 2011), edited by Kathy Ryan. With an extensive body of work that focuses on the human form, Tenneson’s is most well known for her portraits of the female figure that are presented as mystical, sensual, and spiritual all at once.
Art critic and author Vicki Goldberg writes: “Tenneson possesses a unique vision which makes her photographs immediately recognizable. She creates enigmatic and sensuous images that are timeless and haunting. Whether a classically draped nude or a mysterious portrait of a young child and aged man, her photographs speak to the fragility of life, its poignant beauty—and its pain. The images are deeply affecting, often evoking forgotten memories.” This print of the New York Yankees’ Derek Jeter reflects Tenneson’s attempt at revealing something beyond the surface of her sitter, as she tries to capture the man behind the pinstriped uniform. Using the camera as a means of documenting Jeter’s presence, she also uses the medium to expose aspects of the baseball player that would usually remain hidden from the public eye.
Joyce Tenneson's (born in Boston, 1945) work has been displayed in countless exhibitions in America and abroad, and is featured regularly in publications such as Life, Newsweek, Esquire, and the New York Times Magazine. She is the author of several books, including Light Warriors (2000), Wise Women (2002), and A Life in Photography (2008). Tenneson lives and works in New York City.