No place is boring, if you’ve had a good night’s sleep and have a pocket full of unexposed film. — Robert Adams
The motivation for my photography is an urge to explain and open a dialogue for whoever views it. Most of my work has a biographical feel to it, bordering on documentary side, yet with the intention that I try to show the viewer the humility of the place or person being photographed. The Polaroids are photographs that are “orphans” or that they weren’t created for a particular body of work, but they consist of pieces of my every day life and surroundings since 2002. Throughout the years I’ve been using the immediacy and the instant quality of Polaroids as notes or ideas that I keep in a sketch book. Until recently I had enough to put together a series that has a similar feel and look to it.
Jaime Alvarez is an artist and designer working in Philadelphia. Born in Puerto Rico, he moved to America to achieve his BFA in photography from the Rhode Island School of Design. After graduating, Jaime spent some time living in New York where he started to show his work in Washington D.C. and New York. After two years Jaime continued his education at Cranbrook Academy of Art where he received his MFA. For the past 4 years he has been living in Philadelphia, working out of his studio in Fishtown, and showing his work in Detroit, MI, New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC, and Puerto Rico.
2005 Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI MFA, Photography
2001 Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI BFA, Photography
Awards & Honors
2004 Fellowship recipient, The Photography Institute, New York, NY