Andrea Modica

(Brooklyn, New York, 1960 - )

North America, American

Using an 8 x 10 in. camera and platinum printing, Modica creates lushly toned black-and-white documentary photographs. She received her BFA in Visual Arts and Art History from State University of New York College in 1982 and her MFA in Photography from Yale University in 1985. She has published five books containing her personal photographic projects, including Minor League, focusing on a baseball team and Treadwell (1998), which chronicles a fictitious rural upstate New York community.

In addition to her pursuing her personal photography and several editorial assignments, Modica devotes much of her time to teaching. She encourages the same personal investigation and understanding of technique in her students that she applies in her own work. She taught photography, design and drawing at the State University of New York – Oneonta for thirteen years. She has held positions in the photography departments at Princeton University, Parsons School of Design and the State University of New York College at Purchase. She joined the Photography faculty at Drexel University, Philadelphia, in 2006.

A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Fulbright Grant and other awards, Modica’s photographs have been published in major periodicals such as The New Yorker, Newsweek, LIFE Magazine, the New York Times Magazine. Her photographs are held in the collections of the Whitney Museum of Art, New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C.; and the Biblioteque Nationale, Paris, France.

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