Photographer MJ Sharp is an artist and educator based in Durham, North Carolina. A Tennessee native, she came to Duke University as an undergraduate ready to major in chemistry, but one art history survey course with Professor Rona Goffen derailed her into the humanities and left her with a lifelong love of art history, which conveniently, continues to be pertinent to the study of contemporary photography.


She worked closely with writers and reporters on both short and longform journalism stories as the staff photographer and photography editor at the Independent in Durham for most of the 1990’s.  During much of that time she also freelanced regionally for The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, PBS’s Frontline, The Columbia Journalism Review, and The Ford Foundation, among others. She went on to earn her Master of Fine Arts degree from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2007 and was subsequently a visiting lecturer at area universities.

She's currently based at Duke University at the Center for Documentary Studies, where she is tickled to be introducing undergraduates to the magic of traditional black and white film photography as well as the rigor of advanced projects. Her artwork is included in the collections of The Akron Art Museum, The Asheville Museum of Art, The North Carolina Museum of Art, The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, The Ackland Museum at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, The Henry-Copeland Art Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and The Cassilhaus Collection.

 

 

  MJ Sharp

 

 

 

 

CV (pdf)
mj@mjsharp.com

919-270-5930
P.O. Box 3061
Durham, NC, 27715 USA

 

To join the email show announcement list: add_me@mjsharp.com

 

Some images on this site are available as editioned C-prints (wet color darkroom prints). Depending on collection rotation, they are sometimes on view at the institutions named above. Usually there are samples on view at Craven Allen Gallery in Durham (where one can also visit with the friendly resident gallery dogs!).


The latest work, The Terror Triptych, is on view in early 2016 at Chet Miller in Durham, NC

 

A behind-the-scenes look at one evening's shoot

 

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Articles, videos, and reviews (see full show archive here)

 

Artist conversations video from opening reception of Eureka!

 

Blue Greenberg: Collecting for Love, Not Speculation, review of Medici Schmedici: Demystifying the Artist/Collector Bond, Craven Allen Gallery, 2015

 

Durham Photographer MJ Sharp Embraces the Uncertainty, Matt Goad, News & Observer, February, 2015

 

PhotoVision probes 175 years of photographic developments and anxieties, review of PhotoVision: Selections from a Decade of Collecting, Brian Howe, Indyweek, September, 2014

 

Two Centuries in Five Rooms, Chris Vitiello's review of Light Sensitive at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, 2013

 

MJ Sharp: The Night Had Become My Habitat, a short film by Emma Gilmore-Cronin & Debbie Ripley, 2012

 

Profile in Duke Magazine by Bridget Booher , 2011

 

2011/2012 Light Cache show at Craven Allen Gallery in the news

Independent Weekly

Duke Chronicle

Daylight Magazine

Architects&Artisans

Southern Photography

Durham Herald Sun

 

Visions of Night  / interview (in French)

 

The Yumi Show at Cassilhaus Gallery / Cassilhaus fundraiser for the CSA Scotland project

 

La Nuit, No.9  / interview (in French and English)