Photographic Alphabet: F is for Lola Flash

Photographic Alphabet: F is for Lola Flash

Carrie Mae, Syracuse, NY, 2008 © Lola Flash

Carrie Mae, Syracuse, NY, 2008 © Lola Flash

Lola Flash

Flash uses photography to challenge stereotypes and offer new ways of seeing that transcend and interrogate gender, sexual, and racial norms. She received her bachelor's degree from Maryland Institute and her Masters from London College of Printing, in the UK. Flash works primarily in portraiture with a 4x5 film camera, engaging those who are often deemed invisible. In 2008, she was a resident at Light Work and in 2015, she participated at Alice Yard, in Trinidad. Flash was awarded an Art Matters grant, which allowed her to further two projects, in Brazil and London. This summer, she will be artist-in-residence at Center for Photography at Woodstock. Flash has work included in important public collections such as the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Brooklyn Museum.  Her work is also featured in the publication Posing Beauty, edited by Deb Willis, currently on exhibit across the US. In 2016, she co-led a talk at the Bronx Museum with Sur Rodney Sur. They spoke to the glaring lack of women artists and POC, with respect to the Art AIDS America exhibition. Pen + Brush Gallery’s inaugural exhibition in 2018, featured a 30 year retrospective of her significant photographs.Flash’s work welcomes audiences who are willing to not only look but see.

Camille, NYC © Lola Flash

Camille, NYC © Lola Flash

DJ Kinky, London, 2002 © Lola Flash

DJ Kinky, London, 2002 © Lola Flash

Karissa, London, 2003 © Lola Flash

Karissa, London, 2003 © Lola Flash

Sadako, NYC, 2008 © Lola Flash

Sadako, NYC, 2008 © Lola Flash

Nickolai, Trinidad, 2016 © Lola Flash

Nickolai, Trinidad, 2016 © Lola Flash

Thato, Cape Town, South Africa, 2002 © Lola Flash

Thato, Cape Town, South Africa, 2002 © Lola Flash

To view more of Lola’s work, visit her website here

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