Gilda Davidian is a photographer living and working in Los Angeles. She graduated from CalArts in 2006 and is currently an MFA candidate at the Milton Avery School of Arts at Bard College. She writes: ‘Portrait Studio consists of portraits of Armenian photographers from Los Angeles (Pasadena, Glendale, Hollywood) within their studios and interior images of the spaces themselves. The photographers were photographed with their signature lighting and holding their favorite cameras against the backdrop of their choice.
‘This body of work aims to document the studios as sites of preservation and representations of spaces that exist in cultural and social transitions. I am drawn to the ways in which they reflect and refract the photographic medium’s ability to preserve through time. I am also interested in the photographers and their instruments as witnesses to the recent, rapid changes taking place in the practice of photography’.