Artist Bio

I have always been fascinated by what my childhood self called “the olden days.” Spellbound by faded sepia portraits of family members I'd never met, and hearing my parents’ stories about escaping pogroms and poverty, I acquired an acute sensitivity to human suffering, alongside a deep awareness of the way time works to both elucidate and obscure human experience. Photography, as a so-called “time-based art” became the perfect medium for me to create my own visual interpretation of time. My father put a Kodak Brownie camera in my hands when I was seven, and I was hooked forever.

Yet, it wasn’t until I graduated from college and moved to Israel that I dared to pursue photography in a serious way. I was a member of the first graduating class to earn a BFA in photography at the Bezalel Academy of Art & Design in Jerusalem and worked as a commercial photographer and photography teacher for five years in Tel Aviv. I participated in my first group shows there and joined an experimental group using computer graphics to make new kinds of photographic images (in 1987!!). I returned to the U.S. to pursue a Master’s degree in Interactive Technology at NYU, which led to a great day job for 25+ years in digital marketing.

Today, my photography practice functions as a visual diary. I make photographic images every day. My work brings focus to things that other people overlook but are significant, troubling, or wonderful to me. Family life, my womanhood, and urban and natural environments are where I most often draw inspiration for making images.

In the last 15 years, since moving to CT, I have become more dedicated to making and showing my art, all while commuting to work in NYC and raising a family. I am actively affiliated with several artist groups, both locally in New England and in New York.

© 2019, 2020 Fruma Markowitz   All Rights Reserved

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