Suzanne Camp Crosby
Suzanne Camp Crosby (1948) received her MFA from the University of South Florida in 1976 and has been teaching her medium, photography, in Florida since that date. In January 1994, she became a full-time member of the art faculty at Hillsborough Community College after having been an adjunct professor there since 1977. She is currently the Program Manager for the Art and Dance programs for the Ybor Campus School of the Visual and Performing Arts at HCC. She has also taught at the University of South Florida, the University of Central Florida, and St. Petersburg College. In addition to her teaching profession, Ms. Crosby is a highly regarded artist whose work has been exhibited and collected across the United States. As an exhibiting and working artist/photographer for over twenty years in the Tampa Bay community, Ms. Crosby has received honors such as the Florida Fine Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship in 1979 and 1989 and the Arts Council of Hillsborough County Emerging Grant in 1991. She was selected by the Tampa Public Art Program to be the Photographer Laureate for 2004 (The Big Picture Project). Her photography is represented by Julie Saul Gallery in New York City.
DESCRIPTION OF ART WORK
In contemporary photography, some tend to work with an emphasis on creating moments rather than finding decisive moments to “take” a photograph. Suzanne Camp Crosby one of the latter, a directorial photographer, “creating” or “making” the photograph by staging or assembling people or objects in front of her lens or intervening in real-life situations through direction of the participants. Her photographic works are usually dramatic rather than subtle and are more self-expressive, generally concerned with formal excellence, good print quality, and composition. Like all photographs, these works of art beg to be interpreted as Ms. Crosby plays with ambiguity, humor, and illusion, opening her work to a variety of readings and critical interpretations. While some are whimsical or amusing, others exemplify a more trenchant quality, exuding a provocative tension beneath the surface of what is superficially a pretty picture. Though she typically favors color, Crosby occasionally works in black and white, utilizing both mediums equally well.