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Saturday, June 20, 2009

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Andrea Tese, Fine Art and Fashion Photographer and Winner of the Young Innovative Award by the National Arts Club

Andrea Tese is a fine art and fashion photographer whose debut solo exhibition titled “Boats Against the Current” appeared at the Heist Gallery located in New York City in 2009. Her photography has also appeared in group exhibitions at Conner Contemporary Art and the Georgetown University Art Gallery in Washington, DC and the Visual Arts Gallery in New York City.

Tese captures the transience of a moment and subsequently creates a narrative for even the most prosaic of instances. Rather than portraying an event, Tese waits a second until the subject has stopped smiling or posing, or she has stopped plotting and framing and captures something real, leaving the viewer with a more interpretive and mysterious version of the story. Often exploring themes such as impermanence and even mortality, her work has a fresh and inspiring perspective, cleverly combining subtlety and provocation.

Tese’s fine art photography is owned by the Sandor Photography Collection and the Johnson Museum Collection at Cornell University, and has also been featured in industry publications such as disTRIBUTE (the web gallery created by American Photography) Phillips du Pury’s and The Visual Arts Journal.

Tese’s fashion photography has been featured in T: The New York Times’ Style Magazine, RG Brazilian Vogue, and Harper’s Bazaar Russia. In May 2009 Tese was presented with the Young Innovative Award by the National Arts Club, as well as the Gold Medal award, the highest honor bestowed by the club. Whom You Know's Peachy Deegan met Andrea then and we covered the event:

After obtaining a BA from Georgetown University, she received her MFA from The School of Visual Arts in 2007. Tese was born and raised in New York City, where she currently resides. For additional information visit

Peachy Deegan interviewed Andrea Tese for Whom You Know and we are pleased to present her as our latest Mover and Shaker.

Peachy Deegan: What is your first memory of taking a picture?
Andrea Tese: When I was 13 I took my first photography class at school and the assignment was to photograph central park. I took a picture of a stick floating in the pond.

When did you realize you were more than just an amateur photographer?
I haven't!

What is your favorite photograph that you have taken?
A picture I took of my sister after hours of crying.

Which photographers do you admire and why?
Diane Arbus because she took the pictures that I'm too scared to take.

Do you develop your own pictures?
No but I used to when I shot black and white.

What are you proudest of?
My nieces.

What would you like to photograph that you have not yet photographed?
The actual moment of death.

What is your favorite place to be in NYC?
In bed with my dogs.

Andrea's other Favorites:

Favorite shop: NYC Vintage Club
Drink: 'skinny bitch' (vodka with soda and fresh lime, on the rocks)
Restaurant: Angelo's of Mulberry Street
NYC book: Zagat's

What is your favorite thing to do in NYC that you can do nowhere else?
Seeing an Art Show, seeing a Broadway Show, seeing a Sex Show and then eating bul go gi in Koreatown at 5 AM.

What do you think is most underrated and overrated here?
Underrated: Chinatown
Overrated: Central park

What else should Whom You Know readers know about you?
I think that I've already said too much!

How would you like to be contacted by Whom You Know readers?
Via my web site:

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