Artist Statement – Ron Amir
I make rigorous, uncompromising, and accurate staged photographs of marginalized communities. The scenes are inspired by the daily life of the community, and their staging reflects the dynamic relationships between my subjects and myself. The complicated production demanded by a large and medium format camera turns my working process into a collaboration. The end product is a photograph that distinctly fuses poetics and social and ethical concerns and expresses a duality between precise, formal photography and pressing social issues.
My camera is a tool for social interaction as much it is a means of capturing and producing images. In this sense, my work is not about the decisive moment or the split second of capturing an image, but rather the time period we live in; and thus my projects are long-term endeavors involving communities on the margins of society that bend to economic, political, and social limitations.