P E T E R M I R A G L I A
Excerpt from ART MATTERS review
“A PHOTOGRAPHER'S PHOTOGRAPHER”
Feelings are facts.
Fundamental components of the human condition, they take material shape in the lights and shadows given voice by the figurative photographs of Peter Miraglia.
…In other examples he moves in very closely, on just one face. However, instead of merely describing the shapes, textures and colors evident in that person’s exterior appearance, he brings out subtle changes of aspect and development. The image ceases to simply portray a still object. Instead a progression is revealed. Nuances of transformation come into view, lending a living, breathing sense of truth to the pictures. Defying explanation in words, this sense of truth has to be seen, because it takes on meaning only when it’s experienced in its own terms, in the language of vision.
…. The most recent advance in Miraglia’s work consists compositions made of several different exposures of a single head, montaged together in the darkroom on one sheet of enlarging paper. Judiciously integrated, the several different views make an exceptionally complete statement that, once again, has to be seen in order to be properly appreciated.
“Kryptonite”, showing four exposures of the face of a young man, is typical of this latest ventures. The subject is just past adolescence, not yet the mature being he is destined to become. Rites of passage he will experience by and by still await him. But the picture says this so much better than my words.
Within the form and substance of his pictures, intense emotional states such as grief, fear, exaltation and anguish come alive vividly. His images are profoundly poignant, detailing the drama of the living experience, projected by the faces of the people who are his models. What, for example, can be more eloquent than the sight of tears running down a woman’s cheek in one of his superbly crafted studies?