Roe Ethridge, Self Portrait (Polaroid), 2008, chromogenic print, 31 1/2 × 25 1/2 inches (80 × 64.8 cm), ed. of 5
Roe Ethridge’s photography emanates from his direct experience of the world. His focus is multiple and restless, capturing the vivid and intimate details of his various locales. He integrates conceptual photography with commercial work, including out–takes from his own shoots and borrowed images already in circulation in other contexts. With this democratic attitude, Ethridge works to capture the vivid and intimate details of his shifting locales within photography’s classic genres of portrait, landscape, and still life.
Roe Ethridge was born in 1969 in Miami, Florida. He received his B.F.A. in Photography in 1995 from The College of Art, Atlanta, Georgia. Ethridge’s work has been shown extensively at institutions around the world, including MOMA/PS1, New York (2000); The Barbican Center, London (2001); Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh (2002); Institute of Contemporary Art, Palm Beach, Florida (2004); The Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, Massachusetts (2009); Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2009); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2010); Les Recontres D’Arles, France (2011); and Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2015). Recent solo museum exhibitions include “Momentum 4: Roe Ethridge,” Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2005); “Roe Ethridge—Selected Works,” Charles Riva Collection, Brussels (2012); and “Roe Ethridge (curated by Anne Pontégnie),” Le Consortium, France (2012, traveled to Museum Leuven, Belgium). In 2008, Ethridge was included in the Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. In 2011, he was shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize. Gagosian Gallery’s first exhibition of Ethridge’s photographs took place in 2006 in Los Angeles.
Ethridge currently lives and works in New York.