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Joseph Rafferty


Man’s Search For Meaning

~ In homage to advancing culture, together. ~ (Pang)

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” — Viktor Frankl

Here ends the roads and days of a two decades project. On site installation, sculpting, photographic capture, painting commenced circa 1996 after ringing the bell in BUD/S (Navy SEAL Training)… 2018 is when the paint dried. This portfolio consists of twenty-seven images and writings in conversation with each other. Inaugural solo exhibition Man’s Search For Meaning opening Easter Weekend in The American South, The Fruit (Durham, USA).


  1. Lydia Pang, quoted in Gem Fletcher’s podcast The Messy Truth ~ Conversations On Photography ~ Lydia Pang ~ On Commissioning. Season 1, Ep. 6. (published June 27, 2019), 50 min.
  2. Viktor Frankl, quoted in Viktor Frankl’s MAN’S SEARCH FOR MEANING, 1946.


Joseph Rafferty works as a visual artist. Hometown San Francisco, California – a land of a thousand languages, a thousand sexulaities. Presently practicing in The American South. His influences are Jo Ann Callis, Zanele Muholi, Imogen Cunningham, Pierre Molinier, Robert Frank, Dieter Roth. Recently concluded Director’s Fellowship at The International Center of Photography’s One-Year certificate program, Creative Practices. Last Fall, Joseph exhibited “LOST: A Photographic Journey” during URBAN Photo Awards international photo festival in Trieste, Italy. In 2021 and 2020 Artist Support Grant recipient. Forthcoming solo exhibitions “Man’s Search For Meaning” (Spring 2022) and “Artists and Americans” (Fall 2022) at Barton Gallery concurrently with Artist In Residency Barton College of Visual Performing & Communication Arts in North Carolina, USA. Transart Institute prospective MFA student in Creative Research (2022).


Joseph Rafferty

Instagram: @joseph_rafferty


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