Miyako Yoshinaga Gallery, New York, will present works by Melissa Shook (b. 1939 – d. 2020) who began a personal documentary upon her daughter’s birth in 1965. The “Krissy” series continued for 18 years until her daughter’s high school graduation. While other photographers/artists at that time used a camera to question their own identities, Shook committed to her first “Daily Self-Portraits” for one year from 1972 to 1973 and repeated this project four more times in her life as she was aging. Shook lost her own mother when she was 12, and the act of taking photographs was her means of keeping her memory vivid and intact. The gallery is reintroducing Shook’s early self-portraits as well as her “Krissy” series. Shook’s early work was praised by the Museum of Modern Art, New York, curator John Szarkowski and exhibited there in 1974. In 2015, the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art acquired a set of the 1972-1973 self-portraits for their collection.
The Photography Show presented by AIPAD
May 20 – May 22, 2022
415 Fifth Avenue, between 37th and 38th Streets, New York City