Amanda Hankerson's photographs are most often portraiture and she works in series--or families-- of portraits. Amanda was a 2012-13 Jerome Fellow and a 2013 State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant.

Hankerson spends significant time researching and planning before she takes out her camera to compose a portrait. Through portraiture, Hankerson explores how individuals come together to make a family. Hankerson’s projects have explored familial aspects in distinct groups: veterans of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, an alternative family with distorted faces that seem to reference a lost episode of the Twilight Zone, and most recently, Americans sharing her own surname. Not surprisingly, old family photographs inspire Hankerson’s work, as do a variety of sources such as 17th century painting and the social web.

If you are a Hankerson and would like learn more about the project The Hankersons contact Amanda via email.

Read more about The Hankersons in the Jerome Fellowship Catalog Essay