New Orleans, LA, United States
Sophia was born and raised in New Orleans. A childhood spent in the French Quarter, watching all manner of people forced to interact, has given her a unique perspective that acknowledges both the advantages and disadvantages afforded to most Americans. She has focused on the harsh reality of American homelessness, which so many people try to hide or choose to ignore, while also acknowledging the beauty that these people are afforded in their relationships.
One can find the roots of much of Sophia’s aesthetic inspiration in the destruction and slow rehabilitation of the city of New Orleans. Once prosperous neighborhoods were left to rot and entire communities were forced to flee, leaving behind empty shells alluding to their former glory. This urban decay aesthetic has permeated Sophia’s photography with an attention to the places and people that tend to be overlooked in a society which continually strives to advance itself to newer, cleaner heights. She regularly takes road trips through the U.S. and abroad, constantly expanding her frame of reference for the issues that she finds most compelling.
Sophia is a Bay Area based photographer and artist with a profound love for documentary photography. She has exhibited in Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien, Vienna, Austria; The Loin Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Lower Branch Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Contemporary Art Center of New Orleans, LA; and Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA. She received her BFA degree in photography from the San Francisco Art Institute.
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