I was introduced to photography by my father, years ago. I started with film cameras, the only game in town in those days. Working mostly with black and white film, I loved the soothing feeling and the serenity of working in the dark room. I was fascinated by the magic of light: seized on film and coming to life on a piece of paper.
I have always been intrigued by the way taking pictures allows me to connect with other persons and unfamiliar environments—even from behind the protective shield of a camera— and how through the revealing viewfinder, I could find and touch—even if slightly— the essence of my subjects and the emotions they transmit. I enjoy taking pictures of people and places. There is so much to uncover, if we only take the time to see when we look.
It has been a vastly gratifying experience. Caught by the digital revolution, I no longer work with film, but black and white remain my favorite colors.
If interested in purchasing my work, prints of my photographs are available from https://1-ana-cortez.pixels.com
Soho Photo Gallery, New York City, juried group show, July 5-22, 2017.
United Nations, New York City. “Moments and Movements” (with Wagner Santiago and Lazar Zarupski), organized by Leitmotiv Arts, May 2-6, 2016.
United Nations, New York City. “Road trip, Death Valley”, organized by the United Nations Portuguese Language Society, September 9-13, 2014.
Gertrude Ederle Recreation Center, New York City. “It takes two to tango, and then some”; slide show with Caroline Kessler; readings by Nancy Green; organized by Manhattan Recreation, June 30, 2014.
United Nations, New York City. “Parading in NYC”, organized by United Nations Photographic Society, June 28 -July 2, 2004.
Work also displayed in the following websites:
Dance Indo-American Arts Council, Inc. (http://www.iaac.us/IAAC_dance_fest2016/photos8.htm)
Friends of Argentine Tango (https://www.friendsofargentinetango.org/gallery)
Tango for All (http://tangoforall.org/)
“Tango: Embracing New York City”. May 2017. Available from http://www.blurb.com/b/7967327-tango-embracing-new-york-city.
International Center of Photography. Portrait Lighting on Location: Natural and Flash, with Bobbi Lane. July 24-28, 2017.
B&H Portfolio Development Program, November 2016-April 2017.
International Center of Photography. Mastering the Portable Flash and Portable-Studio Lighting Kit, with Nelson Bakerman. August 8-12, 2016.
International Center of Photography. Essential Components of the Portrait: Lighting, Composition and Subject, with Ken Collins. Fall 2005.
International Center of Photography. Photography III, in Black and White, with Kristin Lacombe. Fall 2004.
International Center of Photography. Photography II, in Black and White, with Kristin Lacombe. Spring 2004.