Krista Steinke is a lensbased artist who has exhibited widely in the US, as well as internationally. She has a BFA in Studio Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a MFA in Photography and Digital Imaging from The Maryland Institute, College of Art. She has received several awards for her work, including a Pennsylvania Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Photography, an Artist Residency at Light Work, an Image Award from CENTER, Santa Fe, a 2012 Promise Award from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, and a 2007 Critical Mass Top 50 and Book Award Finalist. Her works are represented in major public and private collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Woodmere Museum, Brauer Museum of Art, Johnson & Johnson Corporation, and Fidelity Investments. Her photographs have been featured in The Photo Review, Feature Shoot, Contact Sheet, The Literary Review, EXIT (Spain), Monthly Photography (South Korea), Le Journal de la Photographie (France), and recently, on the cover of the Oxford American.
Why do you photograph on film?
I still believe that images shot with film yeild certain nuances that cannot be achieved with digital technology. Film allows me to slow down, be more present, and focus on what is in front of the camera rather than what is on a digital display. My process involves setting up scenarios that embrace chance, happy accidents, and the poetry of optics to uncover new ways of thinking about my subject. Having a little bit of time elapse between shooting and developing my negatives, requires that I remain open-minded to the end results. Often times it’s the image that I didn’t think would come out that ends up capturing my interest the most.
What is your work about?
Driven by curiosity, questions and concerns about the natural world, coupled with a love for working with materials, my work lingers somewhere abstraction, representation, and poetry. The ebb and flow of nature, passing of time, mystery of light, and a longing to understand our complicated relationship to the environment are some of the thematic threads that run through my work. At the root of my practice is the medium of photography itself– its history as a tool for both scientific inquiry and artistic expression, its inherent ability to imply and subvert reality, and its unique relationship to the artist and viewer in interpreting experience.