Malerie Marder

Malerie Marder is a California-based photographer whose images, almost entirely portraits, are at once intimate and disquieting. Her subjects often give the impression of being captured in a moment that an outsider is not necessarily meant to see, yet the photographs maintain a very sculptural sense of staging, as though we are witnessing moments that may be intensely private but that are neither secretive nor illicit. Marder's careful use of color (or the lack thereof) enhances the visual impact of the naked body. Marder recently published Carnal Knowledge, a compilation of works from nearly a decade.