AMRITA STUTZLE | SYRACUSE NY, USA
Amrita Stützle is an artist born in Austria and based in Central New York. She received her B.F.A. in photography from the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University. She currently works as the lab manager at Light Work, a non-profit photography organization supporting artists since 1973. Working at Light Work has allowed her to be an active member in the photography community by developing educational opportunities, providing the tools and space necessary for one’s artistic practice, and working with a wide variety of artists to further develop their vision.
What is your work about?
My photographs take a critical view of the contemporary American working class. Buzzing neon lights, sullen gas stations, and all-night diners inspire my work. Each filled with individuals often overlooked. These workers are my muses, the blue-collar backbone of society. My interest in the service industry lies in the dichotomies between comfort and unease, exhaustion and pleasure, dusk and dawn. My practice is often a blend of perception and fiction, creating my own narrative of these workers and the surrounding landscape. The grandiose idea of the American Dream is neither fleeting nor vibrant.
How does photographing on film (or using your material photographic process of predilection) inform your artistic practice?
My choice to work primarily with film is largely pleasure based. Analog picture making is a more enjoyable process for me that feels more poetic. The physical materials are important to me as something tangible I will physically have forever. Furthermore using a large film camera is a conversation topic with the subjects I photograph that often will grant me a bit more trust. My work allows me to constantly discuss the difference between digital and film, where there is often no recognizable difference in the finished print. Yet for me the film workflow is much more beautiful.