Nazca Plains The Box By Ron Amato
By Ron Amato
Focused on themes of isolation, desire, conflict and empowerment, Ron Amato’s photographic series and book, The Box, speaks to human experiences of self-discovery and community building. Using a series of boxes to create visual metaphors, Ron echoes his development from adolescence to adulthood through over 100 color, and black and white photographs. Evoking first his youth in Brooklyn, New York during the 1960s and 1970s, moving through his coming out as a gay man and to his present position as a respected professional photographer and teacher, Ron creates a vivid portrait of struggle and triumph. Individually the photographs evoke powerful responses. However, they achieve the scope of their power only in relation to each other. Reflecting the square of the boxes in the photographs, this 96-page book is designed in a 10-inch square format.
About the Author
Ron Amato was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He’s been making photographs since his early childhood when his parents gave him a plastic camera and darkroom starter kit. Feeling a pull toward the entertainment industry, Ron studied filmmaking for a brief time. Finding filmmaking to be too much of collaborative experience, Ron turned to photography full time. After a few false starts as a fashion, documentary, and wedding photographer, Ron began making photographs of men for fitness magazines. Simultaneously, Ron’s personal work took a turn to more erotic images of men. His breakthrough exhibition of self-portraits at Richard Anderson Fine Arts in NYC in 2000, was in many ways a precursor to The Box. After September 11, 2001, Ron was ready for a change. Always having a desire to teach, Ron began teaching in a number of colleges in the New York area. He is currently an Associate Professor of Photography at Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. Ron has a BFA from School of Visual Arts, and an MFA from Long Island University. He still lives in Brooklyn, now with his husband Seth and their two smooth fox terriers, Ben, and Zeb.