Part of the exclusive online showroom developed by All About Photo, this exhibition is on view for the entire month of January 2021 and includes twenty photographs from the project Behind Glass.
Harvey Stein professional photographer, teacher, lecturer, author and curator based in New York City is the curator for this month's show.
Few photographers have captured (but no, let’s not use that word)—few photographers have communicated the depth and complexity of primate emotions as Berry has. - Collier Brown, Introduction to Primates, published by 21st Editions, 2017
Behind Glass is a series of portraits of primates made in small zoos throughout Europe. Alone, patient and silent, in these monkey houses I establish a more than passing connection with my subjects. I makes portraits that reveal the unique personality of each of these animals; it is clear that they are posing for me and that there exists a human-primate bond. My goal is to motivate people to feel compassion for primates and an obligation to protect them. Most of the primates I photograph qualify as endangered, and all of them are facing stress from loss of habitat and human activity. The plight of primates on earth is urgent; our indifference will condemn them to extinction, and we will follow. My work with primates has resulted in numerous international exhibitions and two limited edition artist books, Through Glass (North Light Press, 2014) and Primates (21st Editions, 2017), which is in the permanent collection of The National Gallery of Art Special Collections. Around 2015 I began to put this project aside in order to create new work. But the primates keep calling to me. I feel a responsibility towards these animals, and I have seen the emotional responses my photographs evoke. My goal is to work with foundations that improve primate welfare to use this project to broaden their advocacy and support their mission. To facilitate this mission I will publish a book of this project in the summer of 2021.
Anne Berry - Behind Glass