|Brian McKee - artist’s statement|
For the past four years I have traveled throughout America and Eastern Europe photographing sites that represent important political and social events in contemporary world history. My most recent project in Afghanistan is a continuation of this larger conceptual body of work. Acting as a kind of visual historian I seek to create images that convey a unique and important view of selected aspects of World History. Within architecture and landscapes I find my true subject, the detritus of civilization, and seek to explore the way we define and relate to its existence. Although creating precisely composed and executed images I carefully chose projects that have a conceptual meaning and importance beyond their visual interest or beauty. These images from Afghanistan encompass and express the intents of my vision as an artist. All images are photographed with a Deardorff 8x10 inch camera on Fuji negative film.
Brian McKee (b.1977, Kansas City, Missouri) attended the Interlochen Arts Academy and Bard College with Stephen Shore, Larry Fink and Barbara Ess. From 1996 - 2001 he worked as assistant and studio manager to Lynn Davis. Brian McKee lives and works in New York City.