PEYTON FULFORD | COLUMBUS GA, USA
Peyton Fulford is a 22 year old documentary and portrait photographer. Currently based in Georgia, she is in her final year at Columbus State University where she will graduate in fall 2017 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography. Her work has been featured world-wide in both online and print publications including recent books, such as Pics or It Didn’t Happen: Images Banned from Instagram (published by Prestel) and #girlgaze: How Girls See the World (published by Rizzoli). Additionally, her work has been featured in i-D, Juxtapoz, Daily Mail and The British Journal of Photography. In 2015, she was named one of the “The 20 Best Photographers Under 20” by Complex Magazine. In 2017, she was selected as the Atlanta Photography Group Student Prize Winner and awarded a solo show which will take place at the Tula Art Center in August of this year.
What is your work about?
“Infinite Tenderness” explores the innocently intimate moments found in platonic relationships. Having grown up in a non-inclusive small southern town, her friends are dependent on one another for support and understanding of their ever-changing identities. Collectively functioning as an insight into the American youth of today, her images seek to document the exploration of one’s body, sexuality, and/or gender that comes along with growing up and identifying oneself. With this series, her intention is to empower millennials, to open up an accepting space for these young people that do not conform to their southern roots.
How does photographing on film (or using your material photographic process of predilection) inform your artistic practice?
By shooting on film, I am able to slow down the process of image-making and focus on creating a new image with each exposure. Primarily working with a Pentax 6×7 and 120 color negative film, I can give my subjects the attention they deserve while also appreciating the patience of this photographic process. It is a beautiful experience to release the shutter and know that light has imprinted itself onto a negative to capture a fleeting moment forever.