Stacy Kranitz

Stacy Kranitz is a photographer and filmmaker based in the Appalachian Mountain region of Eastern Tennessee. Working within the tradition of documentary photography, Kranitz confronts the complexities and limitations of the medium — specifically its failure to represent without subjectifying. Examining the collision between identity and environment, Kranitz photographs people and scenes in her surrounding community with careful consideration and critique of her role as both participant and observer. Says Kranitz, “my work is my life...it is my way of engaging with the world.” The artist’s work is a raw, stunning portrait of a time and place that blurs the lines between documentation and fantasy and calls into question our own preconceptions.

Kranitz was born in Kentucky. She received a BA from New York University and an MFA from UC Irvine. The artist is a current Guggenheim Fellow. Her work appears in collections at the Harvard Art Museum and the Museum of Fine Art in Houston. She is the recipient of several awards and grants including Time Magazine Instagram Photographer of the Year (2015).

Kranitz’s work has been featured in TIME, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Oxford American, Le Monde, VICE, Vanity Fair, and Harpers. Her most recent series, an archive of photographs and ephemera collected over a ten-year span in central Appalachia titled As It Was Give(n) to Me, will be published as a monograph by Twin Palms in 2021.

Books

  • The Louisiana Cockfighters Manual,
  • Speak Your Piece,
  • The Great Divide, with Zoe Strauss,
  • From the Study on Post-Pubescent Manhood,
  • As It Was Given(n) To Me (forthcoming),

Exhibitions

  • Blood Sport, New Orleans Festival of Photography (New Orleans),
  • Once Entangles With It, No Other Place Seems Possible (Gallery Protocol, Gainesville, FL),
  • As It Was Give(n) to Me, Cardiff International Festival of Photography (Wales, UK),
  • From the Study of Post Pubescent Manhood (Little Big Man Gallery, LA),
  • Fulcrum of Malice (Tracey Morgan Gallery, Asheville, NC),
  • As It Was Give(n) to Me (Marfa Open, Marfa, TX),
  • As It Was Give(n) to Me (Tracey Morgan Gallery, Asheville, NC),
  • As It Was Give(n) to Me (Les Rencontres de la Photografie, Arles, France),

Awards

  • Young Photographers Alliance Scholarship Award,
  • Research/Travel Grant, University of California, Irvine,
  • TIME Magazine Instagram Photographer of the Year,
  • Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Artist in Residence, ,
  • Guggenheim Fellowship,

Overview

As It Was Give(n) To Me

As It Was Give(n) To Me

As It Was Give(n) To Me

Don’t Drop the Potato (2016)

Don’t Drop the Potato (2016)

Don’t Drop the Potato (2016)

As It Was Give(n) To Me

As It Was Give(n) To Me

As It Was Give(n) To Me

From the Study on Post Pubescent Manhood (2016)

From the Study on Post Pubescent Manhood (2016)

From the Study on Post Pubescent Manhood (2016)

From the Study on Post Pubescent Manhood (2016)

From the Study on Post Pubescent Manhood (2016)

From the Study on Post Pubescent Manhood (2016)

From the Study on Post Pubescent Manhood (2016)

From the Study on Post Pubescent Manhood (2016)

The Island

The Island

The Island

The Island

Fulcrum of Malice (2017)

Fulcrum of Malice (2017)

Fulcrum of Malice (2017)

Fulcrum of Malice (2017)

As It Was Give(n) To Me

As It Was Give(n) To Me

As It Was Give(n) To Me

Don’t Drop the Potato

Don’t Drop the Potato

Don’t Drop the Potato

The Island

As It Was Give(n) To Me

As It Was Give(n) To Me

As It Was Give(n) To Me

As It Was Give(n) To Me

As It Was Give(n) To Me

Vanity Fair (2020)

Vanity Fair (2020)

Fulcrum of Malice (2017)

Le Monde Youth Vote (2020)

Le Monde Youth Vote (2020)

Le Monde Youth Vote (2020)

As It Was Give(n) To Me

Cockfight

Cockfight

Cockfight

Don’t Drop the Potato

Don’t Drop the Potato

Don’t Drop the Potato

As It Was Give(n) To Me

Don’t Drop the Potato

Don’t Drop the Potato

Stacy Kranitz

Back to slideshow

As It Was Give(n) To Me

Don’t Drop the Potato (2016)

As It Was Give(n) To Me

From the Study on Post Pubescent Manhood (2016)

The Island

Fulcrum of Malice (2017)

As It Was Give(n) To Me

Don’t Drop the Potato

The Island

As It Was Give(n) To Me

Vanity Fair (2020)

Fulcrum of Malice (2017)

Le Monde Youth Vote (2020)

As It Was Give(n) To Me

Cockfight

Don’t Drop the Potato

As It Was Give(n) To Me

Don’t Drop the Potato

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