Chandra Messig


Chandra J. Meesig is a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology, and received her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in 2005. For four years, Meesig has been photographing the backs of photographs, scanning them into a computer, and making digital C-prints that reveal deterioration and human markings that result from the corrosive effects of time, handling, and storage. While the fronts once depicted people, places, or occasions of importance, the back is now the front of the photo, and the vehicle of specificity is denied. Meesig herself explains: “As the inherently indexical nature of the photograph becomes hungry for meaning, the connection between a past relationship with a person, place, and time is severed. As a result, present and future associations are full of possibility.” Meesig’s work with the backs of photographs is about the viewer observing what he/she sees, thinks, and feels when faced with the essence of an image and an absence of clear reference.

She has shown her work at a number of venues throughout the U.S. and has exhibited internationally in Lithuania, Greece, Poland, and India. She was an Honorable Mention recipient of the Pilsner Urquell International Photography Awards Competition 2006 Photographer of the Year Award.