PC Acquire

Artist Deborah TreviƱo Porter

Catherine D. Anspon
November 06, 2012

Like Andy Warhol, our talent for this month’s PC Acquire, Deborah Treviño Porter, juggles the realms of commercial and fine art. With nearly a quarter century of image-making as a lensman of cover and feature stories (including ones for PaperCity magazine), Porter knows her way around a Leica and Hasselblad. Beginning in 2011, she turned her camera on fine art, unveiling a series of fashionable, uncanny skeletons in the latest designer garb. Next up: For PaperCity, she debuts “Three Minutes in Mexico,” a series that hovers between abstraction and reality, snapped on a cruise ship from the upper deck “with a Leica point and shoot.” The photographer reveals, “I have now determined that after 25 years of working with the best equipment, an unconventional method can create some original art if you fear not. I’m intrigued by the characters in the shadows and the ‘What is it?’ factor.” Peruse the original image and the seven vignettes sampled from it at papercitymag.com, or see the actual prints in person at Deborah Colton Gallery ((November 17 – January 19). “There are moments in time when the unpredictable will happen, you have to seize the moment,” Porter says. “The trip was a gift from my daughter, and the image was a gift from the universe.” “Three Minutes in Mexico,” a photographic series of eight images, editions of 11 per image printed with pigment inks on watercolor paper; 16 by 16 inches, framed $1,250, unframed $975; 16 by 41.5 inches, framed $1,850, unframed $1,500. Inquiries/orders Seth Vaughan, seth@papercitymag.com.