A new look at reality in photographs

United Photo Industries presents the work of two artists, Amelie Satzger and Lauren Menzies, winners of the 2018 Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards.

A new look at reality in photographs

To celebrate the announcement of the 2018 Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards, United Photo Industries is exhibiting the work of two artists, Amelie Satzger and Lauren Menzies, in a dual exhibition at the UPI Gallery beginning Thursday, April 4, 2019, with an opening reception from 6 – 8pm.

As two of the ten winners, Satzger and Menzies will have stunning ChromaLuxe metal prints on display from April 4th to May 31st at the DUMBO gallery.

What is reality? by Amelie Satzger

What is Reality? Are we all just a hologram? Is the table still in the room while nobody is watching and why can we remember the past though not the future?

After reading the two books “A Brief History of Time” and “The Grand Design” by Stephen Hawking, there were a lot of questions still remaining—and a lot of ideas for pictures. Inspired by the surrealism, I created a photographic portfolio, in which every artwork stands for another thesis of Stephen Hawking’s books.

Amelie Satzger is a 24-year-old photo artist based in Munich. After finishing her bachelor’s degree in Photo Design at the University of Applied Sciences in Munich, Germany, early 2019; she is now working as a freelance artist. Her photographs reveal an artfully-arranged visual world, whose motifs often include autobiographical reflections. Inspired by books, lyrics, and words in total, she is able to abstract and visualize them into new artworks. With her colorful compositions, she attaches the emotions of the viewers and gives them a feeling of rare surrealism.

Time Dilation ©Amelie Satzger

With What is Reality?, the Munich-based photographer Amelie Satzger invites us into a surrealist universe inspired by the works of Stephen Hawking. Every image in the series illustrates one of the concepts set forth by the preeminent theoretical physicist.


Femme Fictions by Lauren Menzies

My self-portraits challenge the photographic medium through an investigation of the history of portraiture. Each image exploits millennial photography, depicting its ability to falsify perception. The selfie, fast fashion, and pop-culture obsessions are re-conceptualized via manipulated and handmade objects. Props are used as a device to fabricate personas, combining characteristics of the twentieth century with a modern twist. Notions of beauty, irony, and perception are presented by virtue of a faceless figure. The repetitive use of myself is a canon of the vast self-portraits of Cindy Sherman, yet contradicts her work through exploring my ability to expose a piece of my identity in each narrative. The only element of disguise in my work is the removal of the facial features. Empty space is heightened and shifted away from the screen by printing on handmade paper. The work questions the viewer’s interpretation, “Is it a drawing?” No, it’s a photograph.

Lauren Menzies was born on January 29th, 1993, and raised in Montclair, NJ. She began photographing herself during a summer residency at the School of Visual Arts in New York. She received her BFA in Photography from Penn State University in 2015, with a strong emphasis in the use of studio-based techniques. She moved to San Francisco, where she closely studied under painters at San Francisco Art Institute, receiving her MFA in Studio Art in 2017. Her work represents a collision of these two disciplines — editorial photography and artistic photography — through self-portraiture. She is now based in New York City.

Femme Fiction #1 © Lauren Menzies

Femme Fiction is a series of self-portraits by the New York City photographer Lauren Menzies; in each picture, she reveals a facet of her personality (i.e. a “persona”). “Using myself as the figure, I explore the history of female portraiture through ideas of beauty, irony, and perception,” she writes. “The figure’s features are removed to aesthetically disguise the immediate recognition of self-portraiture. This shapes my desire for the viewer to imagine a story about each woman.”



The United Photo Industries gallery, located at 16 Main St. #B, in DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY, showcases a wide spectrum of compelling photographic work, from street photography to social documentary projects. We welcome and consider artists with streamlined series of works to present their portfolios for upcoming gallery shows during regularly announced calls for new work.

Founded in 2011 by Sam Barzilay, Dave Shelley, and Laura Roumanos, United Photo Industries has rapidly solidified its position in the public art landscape by consistently showcasing thought-provoking, challenging, and exceptional photography from across the globe. Proudly devoted to cultivating strategic partnerships, creative collaborations, and community spirit, United Photo Industries has presented dozens of exhibitions and public art installations across the United States and worldwide in partnership with numerous festivals, city agencies, and not-for-profit organizations.

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