It’s Raining . . . I Love You: Self-Portraits by Jenny Riffle and Molly Landreth
8 x 9.5 horizontal, hardcover; ~50 black and white and 40 color images; 128 pages; $50.00
With an essay by "Boys of Alabama" author Genevieve Hudson
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This co-authored book of early self-portraits by two professional photographers celebrates love—first love, an enduring friendship that resulted, and a lifelong devotion to photography as a form of creative expression.
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 in communication that arrived with widespread use of the internet had not yet occurred. Jenny Riffle and Molly Landreth, home from their first year at separate colleges, documented the precious and banal moments of early adulthood as they explored their surroundings, and each other, through photography.
Presented along with selected correspondence from the remainder of their college years, the photographs are a testament to the power of enduring friendship, and the creative spirits of two unique yet complementary photographers.
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.
Genevieve Hudson is the author of the novel Boys of Alabama. Their other books include the critical memoir A Little in Love with Everyone, and Pretend We Live Here: Stories, which was a LAMBDA Literary Award finalist. They hold an MFA in fiction from Portland State University, and their work has appeared in ELLE, Oprah Magazine, McSweeney’s, Catapult, Bookforum, Bitch, Tin House online, and other publications. They have received fellowships from the Fulbright Program, MacDowell, Caldera Arts, and Vermont Studio Center. They are a Visiting Fiction Faculty member at Antioch University–Los Angeles’s MFA Program, a freelance writer, and also work in advertising. They live in Portland, Oregon.