At last year’s Chico Review, Andrea Modica was in the the process of moving to her new home. She was building a darkroom, moving furniture, and clearing out her storage unit, when she came across the last remaining copies of Treadwell - still in the original shrink-wrap, boxes, and pallet. There were just enough copies for our members.
Treadwell was Modica's first major published collection. Published in 1994, and out-of-print for nearly two decades, Treadwell is a rich, empathetic, and often wrenching study of small town family life in upstate New York.
Focusing on one young girl and her extended clan of family and friends, with whom Modica forged a ten-year relationship, the images in Treadwell express pathos and humanity without sentimentality or spectacle. Including 40 exquisite duotone photographs and an essay by Pulitzer prize-winning writer E. Annie Proulx, this seminal work makes a distinguished contribution to the visual chronicle of human experience in the twentieth century.
Andrea Modica was born in New York City and lives in Philadelphia, where she works as a photographer and teaches at Drexel University. She is a Guggenheim Fellow, a Fulbright Scholar and the recipient of a Knight Award. Her books include Treadwell (Chronicle), Minor League (Smithsonian Press), Barbara (Nazraeli), Human Being (Nazraeli), Fountain (Stinehour Editions) and most recently As We Wait (L’Artiere), now in its second edition. Her most recent monograph is a collection of portraits of Mummer Wenches, titled January 1 (L’Artiere). Upcoming is a book of photographs made at a horse clinic in Italy, titled Clinica Equina Bagnarola (Tis Books). Modica has exhibited extensively and has had solo exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art and the San Diego Museum of Photographic Arts. Her photographs are part of the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the International Museum of Photography and Film at the George Eastman House, and the Bibliotheque Nationale.