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Amanda Marchand

Amanda Marchand is a Canadian, New York-based photographer. Her work explores the natural world with an experimental approach to photography.

Honors include: The 2022 Silver List (Silver Eye Center for Photography and Carnegie Mellon); Medium Photo Festival’s Second Sight Award Winner, 2021; Photo Lucida’s Critical Mass Top 50, 2021; PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris 2020; the 2019 International LensCulture Art Awards; Klompching’s FRESH 2019, Honorable Mention; “Curator's Choice 2nd Place Winner” CENTER, 2015; and the San Francisco Art Institute Graduate Fellowship Award.

Marchand is a MacDowell Colony and Headlands Center for the Arts Fellow. She has also attended residencies at Penland Center for Arts and Craft, the Hermitage Artist Retreat, the Studios at MASS MoCA, Datz Museum of Art, Mother’s Milk, The Bakery Photo Collective, Hewnoaks Artist Colony, and Arteles Creative Center. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows internationally. A permanent installation of her work is on view at the MUHC Glen Hospital in Montreal.

Marchand’s monographs, Nothing Will Ever be the Same Again (2019) and Night Garden (2015) were published by Datz Press. She has also published the following artist books: The World is Astonishing with You in it: A 21st Century Field Guide to the Birds, Ferns and Wildflowers; The Book of Hours; Because the Sky. She is represented by Traywick Contemporary, Foto Relevance, and through photo-eye Gallery’s Photographer’s Showcase.

Artist Statement

The World is Astonishing with You in it: A 21st Century Field Guide to the Birds, Ferns and Wildflowers is a series of lumens. Each image is a hand-cut collage made with one black & white photo paper. A closer looks shows these shapes abstractly depict specific wildlife (eggs, beaks, birds, shoots, ferns, petals, flora). This work employs three field guides – field guides to North American birds, ferns, and wildflowers that belonged to my late mother. I mark/expose the photographic paper, making one mark per quadrant or half, with an edge of the respective book. Each photograph references a disappearing species (bird, fern, wildflower). I have been making the work in nature, at different residencies, and my family's Canadian cabin, where the birds and ferns and wildflowers abound.

Release Date: May 12,2023

This Pacific North American fern, with fossil records dating back to 400 million years, is designated “special concern” in British Columbia. While not yet at “high risk” status everywhere, introduced fungal pathogens, extreme weather such as wind, drought and fire, associated with climate change, pose future threats. Note: Our edition is a fine art print and not a collage.

Coastal Wood Fern (llford Classic RC), 2020

Release Date: March 15, 2024

Spalding’s Campion is a rare species of flowering plant whose former habitat has been largely converted to agriculture and is now limited to the last stretches of prairie grassland. It is listed as a “threatened species” in the US and “endangered” in Canada. In a strange twist, if you search for Spalding’s Campion on Google Images, along with other photographs, this lumen image shows up to depict the species.

Spalding’s Campion II (Ilford MG IV FB), 2021

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