Synopses & Reviews
Cig Harvey's YOU LOOK AT ME LIKE AN EMERGENCY is a visual autobiography exploring the photographer's central relationships over the course of more than a decade. Through rich, vibrant photographs and startingly revealing writing, Cig transforms quotidian experences that reference time and place, creating totems that mark key moments in her life.
As much a map of one woman's emotional life as it is a catalog of psychological archetypes, YOU LOOK AT ME LIKE AN EMERGENCY takes the viewer on a literal and metaphorical journey that deals with rejection, hope, indecision, strength, loss, and love to finally find a place called home. In seventy-four gorgeously colored photographs and seventeen personally written vignettes, EMERGENCY conveys the universal quest for personal identity and place in the world.
"Cig Harvey's world has a tendancy to veer about twenty degrees north of expectations. It's barely possible that an imp hirds in her camera it might eben be an imp that moonlights as a mystery writer and what do you know, it steals out now and then to put its stamp on her photographs."
Vicki Goldberg, New York Times Photography Critic
About the Author
Cig Harvey's photographs are intertwined with a rich narrative and autobiography. Since the age of thirteen, she has found herself captivated by and single-mindedly committed to the medium of photography as a way to tell stories. Cig's photographs have been exhibited widely and are in the permanent collection of major museums including The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the International Museum of Photography, George Eastman House, Rochester, NY. She was a finalist for the prestigious BMW prize at Paris Photo in 2010 and has her first solo museum show at The Stenersen Museum, Oslo, in the spring of 2012. Cig's devotion to visual storytelling has lead to innovative international campaigns and features with New York Magazine, Harpers Bazaar, Kate Spade, Bloomingdales and a celebrated year of covers with Maine Magazine. In addition to teaching workshops and regularly giving talks on her work and process at universities and institutions around the world, Cig is a full-time Assistant Professor of Photography at the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University.