Jordan Reznick

Image of Jordan Reznick
Visiting Faculty

Jordan Reznick is a trans photo historian and artist. Reznick's research on settler colonialism in photography describes how Indigenous knowledges and colonial myths shape the medium of photography. 

Biography

Reznick’s research explores gender, race, and settler colonialism in the history of photography. They earned a PhD in Visual Studies from University of California Santa Cruz and an MFA in Photography from California College of the Arts. 

Reznick’s manuscript “Settler Modernism: Alfred Stieglitz’s The Steerage and American Whiteness After the Frontier” is a reinterpretation of The Steerage (1907)—the photograph of European immigrants thought to singularly inaugurate modernism in American photography. Reznick shows how the refashioning of national myths that normalized whites’ ongoing occupation of North America during the first decades of the twentieth century transformed Stieglitz's once-discarded photograph into a legendary cornerstone of modernist photography. 

Their current research project takes an ecological approach to photographic histories of settler colonialism by reevaluating early landscape photographs of the American West from the standpoint of local Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledges. Reznick considers how Indigenous peoples shaped the evolutionary course of landscapes that appeared “empty” to the Western eye. Looking at the choices photographers made as they adapted their processes to Indigenous land—both aesthetically and technologically—Reznick’s study describes how the medium became enduringly marked by Indigenous worldviews.

Other research projects include explorations of the ways in which transgender and trans disabled photographers challenge the very nature of the photographic medium, looking at works by Claude Cahun, Marcel Moore, and Leslie Feinberg. 

Their artwork has been exhibited at Aperture Gallery and Handwerker Gallery in New York, Portland Art Museum in Oregon, and Romer Young Gallery, Minnesota Street Project, and SOMArts in San Francisco. Reznick's work is featured in New Queer Photography (Verlag Kettler, 2020) by Benjamin Wolbergs. Reznick was awarded a San Francisco Arts Commission Grant as well as artist residencies at Djerassi Resident Artists Program and Dickerman Prints.

Reznick is a visiting faculty member at Bennington for Spring 2022 and the 2022-2023 academic year.