Liz Albert (born Grand Rapids, MI, lives Belmont, MA) is a lens-based artist and educator. She holds a BFA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, and has studied at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston. She has exhibited her work throughout the United States including at the A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; The Photographic Resource Center, Cambridge, MA; Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA; The Houston Center for Photography, TX; The Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle, WA; and The Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA as well as the Revela’T Contemporary Analog Photography Festival, Barcelona, Spain. Her work has been published in Ain’t Bad, Fisheye Magazine, Fotoroom, Fraction Magazine and Lenscratch as well as the French weekly magazine, Courrier International. She was a Finalist in The Print Center’s 94th ANNUAL Competition and a Top 200 Finalist in Critical Mass, both 2019.
Shane VanOosterhout (born Grand Rapids, MI; lives Marne, MI) is an arts educator and designer. He holds a BFA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Albert and VanOosterhout met in 1977. They have exhibited at Art Prize, Grand Rapids, MI; Alice Wilds Gallery, Milwaukee, WI as well as at LoosenArt, Rome, Italy and online with Aspect Initiative. Albert and VanOosterhout have received an Artist Grant from Grand Rapids Community College, MI. Their work together has been published in Maake Magazine and Photo Trouvée Magazine
Statement from the Artist:
For our project “Instant Classic,” we have acquired anonymous Polaroids circa 1960-2000 – discarded photo albums, shoeboxes packed with forgotten snapshots, images lost beneath decades of clutter. Responding to cues from what we perceive in these Polaroids, we add poignant and humorous phrases from our personal journals and recent conversations – inner thoughts we imagine the individuals and their observers may be thinking and feeling.