Artist Blog

Every week an artist whose single image was published by Der Greif is given a platform in which to blog about contemporary photography.

Why Black and White: Scott Alario

Nov 04, 2017 - Rachel Jump

We continue our showcase of contemporary black and white photographers with the work of Scott Alario. Using his partner and children as collaborators, the artist explores the surreality of childhood— transforming familiar, domestic scenery into figments of the imagination.




Scott Alario (b. 1983, New Haven) is an artist living and working in Providence, RI. His practice uses photography and is a collaboration with his wife Marguerite Keyes, and children Elska and Marco Moon. The family works together to stage, perform, and edit the images. Alario received an MFA in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2013 and a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art in 2006.  Group exhibitions include Surface to Air (curated by RJ Supa) RadiatorArts, Long Island City, NY, 2016, Love 2016 (curated by Rachel Stern), LeRoy Nieman Center for Print Studies, Columbia University, NY, 2016.  His images have been discussed in Collector Daily, Time Lightbox,, American Photograph, and The New Yorker, among other publications. Alario’s work is represented by Kristen Lorello in NY, where his third solo show, entitled, “Soft Landing”, will open in December 2017. 


Artist Statement:


My art practice is photographic and includes staged depictions of my immediate family. I use multiple exposure and blurring, and other photographic tricks, to lend a charged energy to everyday scenes.


Why black and white? 


A photograph is an abstraction, that is often read as concrete. I think an image in black and white more clearly establishes that a photograph is a fiction. Perhaps the viewer will allow themselves a longer look, or allow themselves to notice texture and consider the image as a construction. Technically: dealing with 255 possible grey values (in a digital file) is also a lot easier than working in full color.




To view more of Scott’s work, please visit his website. See the announcement for his upcoming solo exhibition, “Soft Landing”, opening December 13, 2017, at Kristen Lorello, here.