Monday, April 14, 2014

Artist talk: MY STORY photo project: through the eyes of the Thai/Burma community..

Talk by Nathaniel Tileston and Susan Tileston ( Canada )

Moderator : Susanne Bosch 

After studying at the Art Institute of Chicago, Nathaniel Tileston moved to New York City where he worked as a professional photographer from 1976 until 1982. He worked mainly in dance and theatre; some of his work is in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum of Modern Art, New York City. He also worked for the Soho Weekly News, photographing downtown dance and performance. His work has been featured in the New York Times and many international dance and theatre publications.

Susan Tileston left her career as a Montessori teacher in 1976 to travel to Japan, where she bought a Nikon and fell in love with taking pictures. On returning to New York City, she decided to break into the world of professional photography. It so happened that Nat was looking for an assistant at the time; a mutual friend introduced them, and the rest is history! Susan worked in the darkroom, eventually stepping out to photograph musicians, visual artists, and writers.

In 1982, Nat and Susan moved to the oldest town in Canada, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia. There they ran a bed & breakfast for 16 years, while Nat photographed for Parks Canada and Susan served as executive director of the Annapolis Region Community Art Center, an artist-run space. Since 2006, they have divided their time between Nova Scotia and the Thai/Burma border.


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