Focused on themes of isolation, desire, conflict and empowerment, Ron Amato’s photographic series and book, The Box, speaks to human experiences of self-discovery and community building. Using a series of boxes to create visual metaphors, Ron echoes his development from adolescence to adulthood through over 100 color, and black and white photographs. Evoking first his youth in Brooklyn, New York during the 1960s and 1970s, moving through his coming out as a gay man and to his present position as a respected professional photographer and teacher, Ron creates a vivid portrait of struggle and triumph.
Individually the photographs evoke powerful responses. However, they achieve the scope of their power only in relation to each other.
Reflecting the square of the boxes in the photographs, this 96-page book is designed in a 10-inch square format.
About the Author
Ron Amato was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He’s been making photographs since his early childhood when his parents gave him a plastic camera and darkroom starter kit. Feeling a pull toward the entertainment industry, Ron studied filmmaking for a brief time. Finding filmmaking to be too much of collaborative experience, Ron turned...