In narrative photographs, Amy Stein captures uncommon views of American life that explore the complex and often ambiguous relationship between individuals and their environs. Whether exploring the wary regard exchanged between humans and 'wild' animals that have strayed into our midst, as with her series Domesticated, or portraying disarmingly poised children dressed for Halloween in her series, Halloween in Harlem, Stein consistently offers us compositions that are at once wry observations, and dream-like reveries. In 2006, Stein was a winner of the Saatchi Gallery/Guardian Prize for her Domesticated series. In 2007, she was named one of the top fifteen emerging photographers in the world by American Photo magazine. She won the Critical Mass Book Award, as well as Best Photography Book honors at the New York Photo Awards for her monograph, Domesticated, published in 2008. Her work has been acquired by many private and public collections including the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, the Nevada Museum of Art, George Eastman House, the San Jose Museum of Art, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Stein was raised in Washington, DC, and Karachi, Pakistan. Currently, she teaches photography at Parsons The New School for Design and the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
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