The Nature of Imitation on The New Yorker Photo Booth

With “The Nature of Imitation,” her next project, Yola moved further toward conceptual photography. While understanding photography as a craft as well as an art, she pushed against its limitations. A painting or a drawing, unlike a photograph, is not bound to its subject. In the studio, an artist is free to take creativity wherever it leads. This is the freedom Yola wanted in her photography, and it pushed her to move beyond documentary images to explore how she could transform the physical object in front of her camera into a two-dimensional image that would express her ideas and feelings. To that end, she turned the natural world around her into an outside studio. – Elisabeth Biondi 07/21.2015

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