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A Conversation with Photographer Brooke DiDonato Explores the Process and Inspiration Behind Her Surreal Imagery

February 4, 2020

Christopher Jobson

Our Editor-in-Chief Christopher Jobson conducted this interview with photographer Brooke DiDonato via phone. The conversation has been edited for brevity. Christopher: You often use the word “surreal” and people label you as a “surrealist photographer." That word gets thrown around a lot just for anything that is unusual or weird or unexpected. But, it really does seem to apply to you. Would you say that’s fair? That you’re a “surrealist photographer”? Brooke: It’s interesting that you ask because I was just having this conversation with a friend. I think I use that word because it's so readily accessible for people,…

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Intertwined and Contorted Figures Form Surreal New Portraits by Brooke DiDonato

February 14, 2019

Kate Sierzputowski

Brooklyn-based photographer Brooke DiDonato (previously) poses bodies in twisting forms, skewing the viewer's perception of where one body ends and the next begins. DiDonato also combines subjects and scenes in surreal ways that question the division between human and nature, presenting limbs popping up from a field of sun-baked crops, or capturing a stream of bountiful flowers spilling generously out of an open spout. The above image of two men's intertwined bodies was inspired by a previous image DiDonato made for a shoe campaign that featured two separate subjects wearing the same pair of shoes. She wanted to revisit this concept while…

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Unusual Details Upend Brooke DiDonato’s Seemingly Straightforward Photographs

July 24, 2019

Laura Staugaitis

Photographer Brooke DiDonato (previously) twists bodies into unusual shapes that lead the viewer's eye in transfixing circles. The Brooklyn-based artist creates seemingly tranquil images with soft colors and soothing textures. But surreal details, like a pair of stilettos on the sidewalk that melt into a patent leather puddle, or a gender-bending figure seated on a bench, make each photograph an object of intrigue. DiDonato exhibits her work widely and most recently showed at Le Purgatoire in Paris. Stay up to date on the photographer's eye-catching and thought-provoking work via Instagram.

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Interview: A Conversation with Photographer Brooke DiDonato Explores the Process and Inspiration Behind Her Surreal Imagery

February 4, 2020

Christopher Jobson

New York City-based photographer Brooke DiDonato discusses her approach to composition and color in her unmistakably original images in a conversation with Editor-in-Chief Christopher Jobson. The two talk about ideas of surrealism and magic realism found in DiDonato's work, the deep lines of inspiration drawn from her family, and her observations of the world around her. Join hundreds of Colossal Members who are diving into this discussion with DiDonato. As a member, you’ll gain access to this interview, in addition to other perks, and be part of a…

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August 2021 Opportunities: Open Calls, Residencies, and Grants for Artists

August 5, 2021

Colossal

Every month, Colossal shares a selection of opportunities for artists and designers, including open calls, grants, fellowships, and residencies. If you'd like to list an opportunity here, please get in touch at [email protected] You can also join our monthly Opportunities Newsletter.   Open Calls New Futures at The Other Art Fair Chicago Featured As part of The Other Art Fair’s mission to break down traditional barriers of the contemporary art world, New Futures is designed to launch the careers of talented emerging artists through a prize that includes free exhibition space at…

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Everyday Scenes Imbued With Surreal Mystery by Photographer Brooke DiDonato

October 23, 2017

Kate Sierzputowski

Brooklyn-based photographer Brooke DiDonato twists everyday scenes to include subtle elements of mystery or illusion. In her works, flowers protrude from city pipes or replace laces in a pair of dress shoes, while disembodied arms reach out from a wall of dense foliage. Each work suggests that there is something missing from the scene, a specific peculiarity that's hard to pinpoint. "The bulk of my images are set in real locations, but the characters in them are often exaggerated or imagined," DiDonato told Colossal. "I'm interested in blending these different elements together and delivering them through a medium that was…

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