To Capture a Shadow project by Carla Shapiro represent an intuitive reimagining of moments and experiences through a subtractive and additive process. Shapiro’s work process includes a reworking of the original photographic image in many layers of manipulation — in camera as she photographs, through scratching the film, reworking as platinum palladium prints, sanded down of the image and most recently in the exploration of these prints in digital format and the careful reprinting on delicate Japanese bamboo papers. Each step in her process takes her further from the precision of an in-camera image and deeper into an emotional or even spiritual realm of existence. Appropriated from her own images, her digital prints represent fragmented impressions that run from raw to pensive, apprehensive or sullen to hopeful and inquisitive.
Carla Shapiro is a visual artist working in photography. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally. She has received many awards including The Center for Photography at Woodstock, The Golden Light Awards at Maine Photographic Workshops, New Jersey Council on the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, (2 times), and The O’Conner Foundation. Carla has attended many artists’ colonies including The MacDowell Colony (6 times) and Yaddo. Carla was born in Manhattan. She holds a BFA from Syracuse University. She currently teaches graduate school at Pratt Institute and resides in upstate New York.