It’s Raining . . . I Love You: Self-Portraits by Jenny Riffle and Molly Landreth
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8 x 9.5 horizontal, hardcover; ~50 black and white and 40 color images; 128 pages; $50.00
This co-authored book captures first loves, the rich complexity of female friendship, and time as a reflector of our evolving selves.
Riffle and Landreth met in 1992. As teens in a small town sixty miles north of Seattle, they had a tight-knit group of creative friends, many of whom would later easily identify themselves as queer.
Photography was a shared interest, and a process through which to explore their shifting identities. In front of the camera, Riffle and Landreth tried on and discarded masks, while also laying a significant foundation for lifelong friendship and creative collaboration.
The black and white photographs in the book are drawn from the summer of 1999—when Prince told us to party, computer scientists feared global shutdown, and the seismic changes that 9/11, the first tech bubble bust, and widespread use of the internet had not yet occurred. Our photographer-subjects were home from their first year at separate colleges, applying their newfound knowledge of the medium to their visual forays in and around their hometown.
The tender, funny, and sophisticated photographs within this book belie the youth of their makers, and, along with selected correspondence, reveal the kernels of two unique yet complementary artists, and their bond.
Jenny Riffle (b. 1979, Mt. Vernon, WA; resides in Seattle) graduated from Bard College in 2001 with a BFA in Photography; she completed her MFA at School of Visual Arts in 2011. She has been featured in, and photographed for, numerous publications worldwide including Glamour, Photo District News (PDN), The New York Times Magazine and The Independent. Her first monograph, Scavenger: Adventures in Treasure Hunting (Zatara Press, 2015), was the result of nearly a decade of visual exploration. Riffle, a faculty member at PCNW in Seattle, has received several awards including FotoFilmic’s Buschlen Mowatt Nichol Foundation Award in 2016, The Pilkington Prize in 2015, and the Aaron Siskind Foundation grant in 2013.
Molly Landreth (b. 1978, CA; resides in Seattle) graduated from Scripps College in 2001 with a BA in Studio Art, and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in 2005. Her largest project to date, “Embodiment: A Portrait of Queer Life in America,” garnered national press, and received support from the Robert Giard Memorial Fellowship, 4Culture, and Artist Trust.
Landreth’s work has been exhibited widely, including The Brighton Photo Biennial, Seattle Art Museum Gallery, and the Camera Club New York. She is also on the faculty at PCNW in Seattle. She has been featured in, and photographed for, The New York Times, Le Monde, The Guardian, Time Magazine, Newsweek, The Advocate, OUT, Marie Claire and The New Yorker among others.