Adam Kennedy Bernard

(b.1970; resides Akron, OH)

Memories of high school are usually not of its educational merits but more often its dramas and social interactions. Adolescent feelings of uncertainty, triumph, defeat, and self-awareness culminated in events that brought students together outside the classroom. Beginning in 1995 Adam Bernard has made annual returns to northeast Ohio-area schools during high school prom season, and produced documentary-style photographs with a dramatic range of emotion. Bernard’s black-and-white pictures taken with a flash exaggerate moments such as the coy gesture of a girl removing a young mans tie, or the unsure expression of a young girl as her date clings to her in an apparent intoxicated haze. Capturing a pivotal moment in the transition from childhood to adulthood, Bernard’s observations suggest that youth are often not far from adulthood at all.

Bernard received a BFA from the University of Akron in 1995. Bernard has been awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship by the Ohio Arts Council in both 1995 and 1997. He has worked as a photography instructor at the University of Akron, and exhibited at the Roy G. Biv Gallery in Columbus, Ohio.

Medina Tied UpMedina Tied Up
Boy Clinging to Girl, 1999Boy Clinging to Girl, 1999

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