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Jordan Reznick

Ph.D.
History of photography, race and visual culture, vernacular photography, transgender studies, settler colonial studies
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Jordan Reznick is a Ph.D. candidate in Visual Studies and practicing artist. Their dissertation, "Settler Modernism: Alfred Stieglitz's The Steerage and the Vicissitudes of American Whiteness, 1890-1930" traces how one iconic photograph came to be known as the first modernist American photograph and how, at each stage of its trajectory into the modernist canon, it was interpreted through narratives that modernized settler colonial myths. Reznick's  current research project in the field of ecological art history, “Landing the Camera: Indigenous Ecologies and Photographic Technologies in the West” reevaluates the canon of early landscape photographs of the American West from the standpoint of local Indigenous traditional ecological knowledge. Their artwork explores transgender identity and life experiences through portrait photography. Reznick’s work has been exhibited at Aperture Gallery in New York, Minnesota Street Project in San Francisco, and the Portland Museum of Art in Oregon. Reznick is Lecturer in Art History & Visual Culture at San Jose State University. They earned an MFA in Photography and an MA in Visual & Critical Studies from California College of the Arts, and a BFA in Photography from New York University.

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Education and Training: 
Ph.D. - Visual Studies, University of California Santa Cruz, 2020
M.A. - Visual and Critical Studies, California College of the Arts, 2013
M.F.A. - Photography, California College of the Arts, 2013
B.F.A. - Photography, New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, 2008