I am interested in themes surrounding identity and connection, especially during the transitional stages of life. I seek out gesture and body language to help tell the story of the struggle between external appearance and what lies beneath.  I photograph real-life situations as they are unfolding in the moment. These are moments of ordinary life, when I witness the body language of others which reminds me of something I have experienced in my past, that makes me want to capture the moment.

Selected to attend Review Santa Fe 2017, the premier portfolio review festival in the United States

Group Exhibitions
2017                Found, Rockport Gallery, Rockport, ME
2017                Forsaken, SE Center for Photography, Greenville, SC
2016                Personal Narrative, Photo Place Gallery, Middlebury, VT
2016                Photography Exhibition, Scarab Club, Detroit, MI, two works selected
2016                Juried Gold Medal Exhibition, Scarab Club, Detroit, MI, two works selected
2013                MFA Candidates Group Exhibition, Rockport Gallery, Rockport, ME
2006               Eye to Eye: New Perspectives on People and Place, Cultural & Heritage Museum,                                                                York County, SC
2005               Buildings of Faith, Charlotte Museum of History, Charlotte, NC
2004             Through Women’s Eyes, By Women’s Hands, The Women’s Center, Chapel Hill, NC
1999                Member’s Exhibition, The Light Factory, Charlotte, NC

Solo Exhibitions
2016                In the Company of Others, MFA Thesis, Rockport Gallery, Rockport, ME
2000-2006     Charlotte Jewish Women of Strength, Charlotte, NC Conceived and developed an annual program recognizing exceptional women in the Charlotte Jewish community. Photographed the honorees each year for the exhibition.
2004              AerieArt Gallery, Rehoboth Beach, DE
2002              Voices and Faces of Breast Cancer, South Park, Charlotte, NC
2001               Faces of Charlotte, Faces of the World, touring exhibition, Charlotte, NC
1997                First solo exhibition, Spiezman Art Gallery, Charlotte, NC

Publications
2016              Exquisite Corpse, Volume Two: Extended Play, Maine Media Workshops and College, Rockport, ME
2016                Personal Narrative, Photo Place Gallery, accompanied exhibition, Middlebury, VT
2003-2006     “Charlotte Women of Strength”, Charlotte Women Magazine, Charlotte, NC
2000               “Bobby Phills- A Tribute in Words and Pictures” Charlotte Magazine, Photo essay
1999                “The Spiritual City”, Charlotte Magazine, Photo essay
1998                “In the Shadow of Progress”, Charlotte Magazine, Photo essay
1992                Beyond the Monuments, Washington DC

Grants
2005                Regional Artist Grant, Charlotte Arts and Sciences Council, Charlotte, NC
2001                Community Cultural Connections Grant, Charlotte Arts and Sciences Council, Charlotte, NC

Additional Projects:
2017                Mentor, Documenting Detroit, Facing Change,  A community photojournalism initiative creating a                                       documentary record of Detroit by Detroit-area photographers. https://www.documentingdetroit.org
2013                Les Nuits Photographiques de Pierrevert, selected to present at this photo festival in France
2009-present:  Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep photographer, www.NILMDTS.org, Volunteer organization providing remembrance photography to families that lose a child at birth or shortly after.
I am interested in themes surrounding identity and connection, especially during the transitional stages of life. I seek out gesture and body language to help tell the story of the struggle between external appearance and what lies beneath.  I photograph real-life situations as they are unfolding in the moment. These are moments of ordinary life, when I witness the body language of others which reminds me of something I have experienced in my past, that makes me want to capture the moment.

Selected to attend Review Santa Fe 2017, the premier portfolio review festival in the United States

Group Exhibitions
2017                Found, Rockport Gallery, Rockport, ME
2017                Forsaken, SE Center for Photography, Greenville, SC
2016                Personal Narrative, Photo Place Gallery, Middlebury, VT
2016                Photography Exhibition, Scarab Club, Detroit, MI, two works selected
2016                Juried Gold Medal Exhibition, Scarab Club, Detroit, MI, two works selected
2013                MFA Candidates Group Exhibition, Rockport Gallery, Rockport, ME
2006               Eye to Eye: New Perspectives on People and Place, Cultural & Heritage Museum,                                                                York County, SC
2005               Buildings of Faith, Charlotte Museum of History, Charlotte, NC
2004             Through Women’s Eyes, By Women’s Hands, The Women’s Center, Chapel Hill, NC
1999                Member’s Exhibition, The Light Factory, Charlotte, NC

Solo Exhibitions
2016                In the Company of Others, MFA Thesis, Rockport Gallery, Rockport, ME
2000-2006     Charlotte Jewish Women of Strength, Charlotte, NC Conceived and developed an annual program recognizing exceptional women in the Charlotte Jewish community. Photographed the honorees each year for the exhibition.
2004              AerieArt Gallery, Rehoboth Beach, DE
2002              Voices and Faces of Breast Cancer, South Park, Charlotte, NC
2001               Faces of Charlotte, Faces of the World, touring exhibition, Charlotte, NC
1997                First solo exhibition, Spiezman Art Gallery, Charlotte, NC

Publications
2016              Exquisite Corpse, Volume Two: Extended Play, Maine Media Workshops and College, Rockport, ME
2016                Personal Narrative, Photo Place Gallery, accompanied exhibition, Middlebury, VT
2003-2006     “Charlotte Women of Strength”, Charlotte Women Magazine, Charlotte, NC
2000               “Bobby Phills- A Tribute in Words and Pictures” Charlotte Magazine, Photo essay
1999                “The Spiritual City”, Charlotte Magazine, Photo essay
1998                “In the Shadow of Progress”, Charlotte Magazine, Photo essay
1992                Beyond the Monuments, Washington DC

Grants
2005                Regional Artist Grant, Charlotte Arts and Sciences Council, Charlotte, NC
2001                Community Cultural Connections Grant, Charlotte Arts and Sciences Council, Charlotte, NC

Additional Projects:
2017                Mentor, Documenting Detroit, Facing Change,  A community photojournalism initiative creating a                                       documentary record of Detroit by Detroit-area photographers. https://www.documentingdetroit.org
2013                Les Nuits Photographiques de Pierrevert, selected to present at this photo festival in France
2009-present:  Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep photographer, www.NILMDTS.org, Volunteer organization providing remembrance photography to families that lose a child at birth or shortly after.

Andrea Birnbaum Photography

Andrea Birnbaum is a fine art photographer and teaching artist living in the Detroit, Michigan area.
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