Joseph Coscia, Jr.
Archival ink jet print on 100% acid free rag paper
30 x 23 in.
Edition of eight
Joseph Coscia Jr. is Chief Photographer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. During his twenty-five years there, he has been exploring the relationship of the changing effects of natural light on stone surfaces. His work photographing classical sculpture in various settings has led to a fascination of the qualities of light on sculpture in varying conditions.
Coscia's recent work delves into photography of different media and involves new lighting techniques. His earlier work focused initially on ancient stone statuary and then later evolved to photos of crumpled paper that had many of the same visual characteristics as marble. The current series of photos are of sculptures that he formed from clay, paper, and beeswax which yielded new textures and forms that again suggest ancient sculptural media. His recent work also draws on Man Ray's solarization techniques.
This effect reverses the shadow areas and transforms the sense of weight and volume of the objects.
Joe received his MFA from Hunter College in 1989 and his BFA from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania in 1982. His photographs have appeared in numerous publications and museum books, most notably 'Light on Stone' published in 2004, a photographic essay with introduction by Elizabeth Milleker.