Rory Mulligan is a graduate of Yale University School of Art, where he received an MFA in photography. Prior to attending Yale, Mulligan studied at Fordham University in New York. He has exhibited in Tokyo, New York, and Philadelphia, and has lectured and taught at Bard College, Sarah Lawrence College, Wesleyan University, and the International Center for Photography in New York.
Working primarily with black-and-white photography, Mulligan pursues a synthesis between private and public experience. His images of twisting roadways, rowhomes, and storefronts are almost all devoid of figures. His interior scenes depict a few of his friends in their familiar surroundings. Most of the human activity he observes is from a distant viewpoint. In this example, he captures the “performances” of figures on a California beach where he as photographer accepts the role of “pedestrian, participant, and director, investigating the looming presence of masculinity that simultaneously fascinates, threatens, excites and excludes me.”
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