Storied Forms Exhibition

April 6, 2019 - May 19, 2019
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Halide Project

APRIL 6 – MAY 19, 2019 at The Halide Project, 1627 N. 2nd St., Philadelphia, PA

We are pleased to present the handcrafted photographic work of Marina Berio, Jackie Neale, Carla Shapiro, and Living Image 2018 grand prize winner Caitlyn Soldan in The Halide Project’s fourth annual small group invitational exhibition, Storied Forms.
The artists in Storied Forms depict the human body utilizing a variety of photographic processes and styles to express concepts in a manner that encourages viewers to emotionally connect with the work, explore their individual reactions to it, and delve into the deeper meaning behind the ideas presented. These artists provide a conceptual or emotional starting point from which viewers can embark upon their own personal journeys, create their own narratives, and form connections between themselves, the artists, the subjects, and humanity.

Thanks to all who joined for the opening reception and gallery talk, with refreshments sponsored by Castellino’s Italian Market and Moore Brothers Wine Company.

Storied Forms is on view Thursdays – Sundays 1-5pm and by appointment through May 19th.
See a full calendar of programs and events below.


Marina Berio has what she describes as an “almost alchemical belief in the meaning that is contained in physical materials.” In her series Family Matter, Berio incorporates her own blood into the gum bichromate process to create abstracted images of the male members of her family. By doing so, she implicates herself in her subjects’ behaviors, which are simultaneously “profoundly foreign” to her and fascinating in the way that they blur the lines between “testing, aggression, and love.”
Berio exhibits internationally and has been awarded many esteemed residencies and grants. She teaches at the International Center of Photography in New York.

In her Crossing Over series, Jackie Neale creates life-size cyanotype photograms of immigrants and their belongings in order to “connect us through abstract thinking about human form, human values, and human likeness, which transcends status, color, shape, culture.” By anonymizing her subjects, Neale stresses our similarities and encourages the formation of new connections and new communities. The work challenges viewers to consider human constructs—such as borders and flags—and examine the reasons they were originally created and the purposes they currently serve.
Neale is an artist, author, and teacher. She’s completed residencies and projects across the globe and her series Crossing Over will be featured in the Venice Biennale in May.

In her series, Memory & Longing, Carla Shapiro works with discarded family snapshots that connect with her on an emotional level and elicit her own “recollections and longings.” Shapiro’s process of scanning and manipulating the snapshots, then creating platinum/palladium prints that she collages, becomes a “deep exploration of the nature of memory and of image-making itself.” The universal themes present in these recontextualized images resonate with viewers, who then use them as a foundation on which to build their own constructed memories.
Shapiro’s internationally exhibited work has received many awards and esteemed residencies. She currently teaches graduate school at Pratt Institute in New York.

Caitlyn Soldan’s Melancholia series “follows the psychological states of two women, building up to an emotional release.” The staged portraits capitalize on the ethereal nature of the wet plate collodion process and “capture the quiet, somber, and often beautiful moments in times of distress.” Viewers are invited to engage with the subjects as they travel along their psychological journey.
Soldan’s fine art photography has been exhibited throughout the US and France. She currently works as a gallery registrar and collections manager in Santa Fe, NM.


Friday April 5th, 5-9pm
Preview during First Friday

Saturday April 6th, 5-9pm
Opening Reception and Gallery Talk (6:30pm)

Sunday April 14th, 2-5pm
Informal Group Critique moderated by Dale Rio
Registration Required

Sunday April 28th, 1-4pm
International Pinhole Photography Day Shoot Fest with Gravy Studio
Registration Required

Monday, April 29th, 6-9pm
One-night Pop-up Pinhole Show with Gravy Studio
Artwork Delivery Details

Thursday, May 2nd, 2-4pm
Visit to the Library Company prints and photographic archives
Registration Required

Saturday May 11th, 12-3pm
Wet Collodion Tintype Demo with CJ Harker
with individual portrait session reservations available after
Registration Required

Open Gallery Hours during exhibition:
Thursday-Sunday 1-5pm
and by appointment
*Closed Easter Sunday*


Support for Storied Forms is provided by the Penn Treaty Special Services District and the Philadelphia Cultural Fund.


The Halide Project is located at 1627 N 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122.
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