Taryn Simon’s calculated, formal photographs are both direct and mysterious. The artist’s practice has traditionally centered on making the invisible visible. Her large-format images explore the ways that photography can alter our awareness of perception and the distribution of visual information. Inherent to her approach is a marriage of text and image. By merging visual and written material, the artist underscores the ambiguity of photography and the influence of context on what we see.
Taryn Simon was born in New York. She received her BA from Brown University in 1997. She has had solo exhibitions at Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany (2008); Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA (2008), and London, England (2004); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (2007); High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA (2006); P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY (2003); and Kunst-Werke Berlin, Germany (2003). Her work has been included in many group exhibitions including Reality Check: Truth and Illusion in Contemporary Photography, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY (2008-09); Manifesto Marathon: Manifestos for the 21st Century, Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, London, England (2008); Gwangju Biennale, South Korea (2008); Geschlossene Gesellschaft, Kunst-Werke Berlin, Germany (2008); and ClickDoubleClick: The Documentary Factor, Haus Der Kunst, Munich, Germany (2006). In 2001 Simon was awarded the Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in Photography.