I have written Artist Statements for a number of shows now, and I remember not knowing at first what to include in them, so for those of you who are new, here are some suggestions based on what I have done myself and from reading others’ artists statements at the shows I have been in.
Items to consider including:
- Name, email, website
- Brief bio, particularly about you as a photographer
- A photograph of you, and/or a business card
- Philosophy of what photography means to you, what inspires you
- Information about the piece(s), any theme you might have, why it interested you.
- Details on the camera you use (I don’t do this, but more techy folks do)
- Thank you to the exhibit organizers
- Some type of “hope you enjoy the piece” statement to the visitors.
One of my artists statements is included below:
This is one from last summer, catching up. Went with a friend to the Tall Ship Celebration in Bay City, MI last summer, had a great time touring some of the masted ships:
Since the point was to spend a lot of time looking at the ships I had plenty of time to take photos without my friend having to wait for me.
What I did right:
- Took both long shots and close-ups
- Framed the shot as I wanted it, then waited for people to walk into my shot to give it more interest.
- Was mindful of the crowd, waiting until I got just the right look for those where you could see the people, and everybody looks good – I make a point of not uploading any photos where anybody doesn’t look reasonable, wouldn’t want someone to do that to me…
- Took photos of the names of the ships as I took them, for future reference
- Checked camera settings every so often to make sure I had ISO set properly, etc.
- Took a boat ride that was available, so I could get some shots from the river, allowing for very good looks at some of the ships.
- Took some photos from the bridge between the two sides of the river, so I could get some overall shots.
- Took a range of photos, I had over 50 photos, submitted 9 of them – and they all got in :)
What I would change? Really not much, it was a great day, I got some good photos without making my friend have to wait, my settings were pretty good for the most part, I’m happy about this day. You can see the photos in Shutterstock here.