Kenzie and Hootie, Anoka County Fair, 2016


Kenzie and Hootie, Anoka County Fair, 2016


Kenzie and Hootie, Anoka County Fair, 2016 is from the series The Unchosen Ones has garnered attention from jurors including Corey Keller, Curator of Photography, SF Museum of Modern Art who gave the project CENTER’s Curator’s Choice Award (First Place). Corey Kelly’s juror statement reads (full text here):

I chose R.J. Kern as the first place winner, a series of posed portraits of children and their non-prize-winning goats. The question of what it means to be a victor certainly had new resonance this year, but for me the issues of winning or losing were far less pressing than the sensitivity of the portraits, both of the children and of the animals (two subjects notoriously difficult to photograph) and most essentially of their relationship to one another. The simple conceit of a uniform backdrop called attention to the act of photographing and also highlighted the differences in scale, attitude, and pose among the sitters, both human and hircine. I found the project beautifully seen and surprisingly tender."

The project was apart of The Review Santa Fe 100 and The Fence, a public photography exhibition series with more than 3 million visitors, and will exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London opening November 2017. A portfolio of the work will be featured in the November 2017 issue of National Geographic.

Title: Kenzie and Hootie, Anoka County Fair, 2016

Year: 2016

Medium: Archival Ink on Photo Rag, ed 10

Image size: 17" x 20" (V & H)

Paper size: 20" x 24" (V & H)

Paper type: Hahnemuhle fine-art paper which features a matte finish.
Signed print also includes certificate of authenticity.

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