English / Journalism / Research Insight

I did not lay on the ground to take this photo.

Sue Rynski speaks to students at Sorbonne.

Sue Rynski looks her new work right in the eye with CELSA students.

Sue Rynski, on the other hand, never stopped moving when she stopped by CELSA today to speak to Brian J. Bowe’s Media and Communications master’s students.

Rynski walked students on her journey that started in Detroit in the late ’70s, where there was a creative energy that pushed groups to a global stage.  She returned several times to the theme of authenticity in her work, which she tied to the city stating, “Detroit needs authenticity.”

It turns out Rynski thinks we all need authenticity.  Channelling themes in her work that started in black and white in the silver days and continue today in saturated digital hues, the photographer laid out her anti- and pro-philosophy in her art. Rynski spent a critical amount of time demonstrating how contrived sadness and the social redeeming value of photo composition has a stagnant, if not stale, quality that has little impact to change.

Change resides then in benevolence and the humanism Rynski seeks to achieve every time the shutter on her camera closes.  Students were treated to a sneak-peak of her recent work, in some of her Paris rock ’n’ roll “playground” and her bar in Arles.  Her world knows no tragedy. There is not desolation.  Sue Rynski’s work shows performative fun and she ain’t messing around.

Need more #celsue? Check out student commentary on Rynski’s talk or visit her online portfolio.