"What's the world for you if you can't make it up the way you want."

-Jazz, Toni Morrison


Thou Art..., Will Give...

Thou Art..., Will Give...

Eric T. Kunsman is a photographer and book artist based out of Rochester, New York. Eric is a Lecturer for the Visual Communications Studies Department in the National Technical Institute for the Deaf and also teaches for the School of Photographic Arts & Sciences both of which are housed at the Rochester Institute of Technology. His photographs and books have been exhibited internationally and are in several prominent collections throughout the United States. He currently owns Booksmart Studio, which is a fine art digital printing studio specializing in numerous techniques and services for photographers and book artists. Instagram: @booksmartstudio


Artist Statement

“In 2003, one of my University of Arts professors, Heidi Kyle, introduced us to the American Philosophical Society's conservation lab. Almost as soon as we entered the conservation lab, I noticed three books titled 'Eastern State Warden's Logbook: I opened it idly.

“The Warden's entries brought the Penitentiary to life for me. While my photographs from the earlier visit captured a lot of the physical presence and feeling of the Penitentiary, it was the writings that started to, literally, flesh out the functional and human effects of this altruistic, but ultimately disastrous, Quaker experiment with reforming criminals.”


Wardens Logbook

The Drapery

Infirmary Wing East

Solitude

Samuel Johnson

Psychotherapy

Befor Reality's Slap

Befor Reality's Slap

Shaving off the past

Shaving off the past

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