Sonia Paulino is a documentary portrait photographer, currently based in Brooklyn, New York. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the country, most notably within a group show at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. She holds a BFA and an MFA in Visual Arts for photography, film studies, and art history, and is the recipient of various honors and awards. Ms. Paulino is available for freelance editorial, event, and travel photography, as well as commissioned portraiture.
"As a photographer I am interested in the portrait, it's essential qualities, and what it means to be photographed. My work investigates how pose, gesture, eye contact, and environment reveal certain aspects of an individual's character. I use a medium format film camera on a tripod with a set of portable strobe lights, resulting in images that are hyper-clear and crisp in detail. Relatively long exposures allow for a sense of the subject's self-reflection, complicating the dynamics of the photographer/sitter/viewer relationship. Inspired as much by traditional portrait paintings as by the most objective styles of documentary photography, my work emulates that of my art history heroes by revelling in the thrilling specifics and mundane generalities of one's existence, and evolves from recurring themes about companionship, care, and mutual identity "