Charlie Grosso

United States

  • City, State: los angeles, ca
  • Geographic Location: North America
  • Age: 35

About me:

Charlie Grosso, a Chinese American woman with a male Italian name, was born in 1979 in Taipei, Taiwan. She was educated in Taipei until the age of eleven, when family tragedy forcibly relocated her to Los Angeles to live with her estranged aunt.
She received her formal education at University of Southern California with a BA in Theater Design. Declining
her choice of scholarships to pursue an MFA at Boston University and SUNY Purchase, Ms. Grosso focused on the pursue of her artistic vision, honing her photographic craft by apprenticing with many well-known commercial photographers
including, Jay Maisel. Grosso has worked as a professional photographer since 1998 with a growing list of commercial clients including Variety, Wine Spectator, Reed Elsevier, Arts District Citizen, Z. Cavericci, JammFactory, Barco Uniforms, Zinc and University of Southern California.
Her work has been nominated for several awards including qualifying as a finalist for a CEBA Award in 2005, as well as receiving a commission from the LA County Metropolitan Transit Authority for their 2006 Neighborhood Poster Project.
Since 2005, Grosso has shifted her vision to artistic endeavors while maintaining her commercial business. Most recently, her artistic photographic efforts has been focused on a single body of work, Wok the Dog. A project that she feels can create a larger cultural dialogue in efforts to understand the effects of industrialization and our disconnect with the source of our meals.
Influenced by Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Sebastiao Salgado, Sylvia Plath as well as her own experience as an outsider. Grosso’s work are spontaneous but deliberate. The images plead to be looked at again and through every viewing
the viewer discovers a different dimension. Grosso’s work is plagued with ruthless beauty and subtle understanding of the most improbably things.

Exhibit change by:

by being passionate about what i do and pursuing change with my art and what i create.

I'm passionate about:

Gender equality, issues of race and sex and expectations based on those issues, food and culture, arts and poverty

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From Economica:

"Wok the Dog" is an ongoing photographic series documenting food markets around the world. Photographer Charlie Grosso recently traveled through Mexico, Central America and Colombia for the series, where she explored how women in these markets balance work and family, and make ends meet in dismal financial situations.

From Exhibiting You:

I have photographed food markets in various parts of the world for ten years. Wok the Dog examines those markets and, in the process, different cultures around the world.



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