These works are an extension of my ongoing exploration into masculine identity. In this particular project I am fascinated with rugby, a brutal contact sport rich in tradition, dating back to the 1800’s. I’m interested in the balance between athleticism, modes of violence or aggression and varying degrees of vulnerability within a sport where brutal body contact is fundamental to the game. I am also interested in the history of the game and how it has long been described as both traditional and barbaric, elegant and violent.
|Zak (Second Row, University Team Captain), Princeton, NJ © 2010 Amy Elkins|
|Dan (Wing/Fullback), New Haven, CT © 2010 Amy Elkins|
|Derek (Flanker), New York, NY © 2010 Amy Elkins|
|Rick (Tight Head Prop Forward), Princeton, NJ © 2010 Amy Elkins|
|Arturo (Flyhalf), New Haven, CT © 2010 Amy Elkins|
|Tim (2nd Row), New York © 2010 Amy Elkins|
In June of 2008 Amy Elkins and Cara Phillips co-founded wipnyc.org, a platform for showcasing both established and emerging women in photography.
Elkins is represented by Yancey Richardson Gallery in New York.