Joy Bush

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Joy Bush is a photographer based in the Greater New Haven, CT. She grew up near New York City and as a child loved family excursions to NYC museums, theater productions, dance performances, and music concerts. She discovered photography soon after graduating from college and eventually landed a job as a university photographer. While employed, she continued to develop her fine art photography while doing documentary work.

Bush is drawn to places that feel the echo of human presence — places that reveal nothing clearly, or something out of reach. Sometimes her photographs evoke a feeling of discomfort or distance. Others are ironic or amusing. Some provoke a sense of curiosity about what could be or could have been. Others just offer a place to rest with thoughts and imagination.

Bush’s work was recently featured in Unbeatable Women at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum (2022), and HOME VIEWS at theGriffin Museum of Photography in Massachusetts. (2021). Her photographs have appeared in The Village Voice, The New York Times, Connecticut Review, and many other publications. She has exhibited in solo and group exhibits nationally and internationally galleries including the International Center for Photography (NYC), Mattatuck Museum, Lyman Allyn Art Museum, Copley Society (Boston, MA), Drawing Rooms (NJ), Garrison Art Center (NY), Umbrella Arts (NYC), the Westport Arts Center, and Artspace (New Haven, CT). Bush is represented in the permanent collections of the Cincinnati Art Museum, Monetfiore Hospital (Bronx, NY), the Baseball Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Yale Medical Group Art Place, and many private collections.

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