Joseph Maida is an artist, writer, and educator, whose perspective uniquely navigates the photographic ideologies of the American Northeast, West Coast Conceptualism, the Pictures Generation, and the Düsseldorf School. Following a graduate education in photography at Yale with teachers including Philip-Lorca di Corcia, Gregory Crewdson, Catherine Opie, and Laurie Simmons, Maida’s work was influenced by a mentorship with Thomas Struth before traveling to Japan for a year with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Bunkachō (文化庁).
In 2010, with the support of Eikoh Hosoe, Maida was invited to exhibit work in solo exhibitions at the Nikon salons in Tokyo and Osaka. Maida has also exhibited throughout the United States, the European Union, and China at institutions including New York’s International Center of Photography (ICP), London's Photographer’s Gallery, Amsterdam’s FOAM, Berlin’s ℅, Madrid's Reina Sofia Museum, Vienna’s Kunsthalle, and Rotterdam’s Witte de With. Maida has taught at Yale University, Parsons/the New School, SUNY Purchase, and is on the faculty at New York's School of Visual Arts (SVA), where Maida has been Chair of the BFA Photography and Video department since 2018.
Maida’s monographs include New Natives (L’Artiere, 2015), Born Free and Equal: The Story of Loyal _______- Americans (Convoke, 2018), and A Third Look (Convoke, 2022). Maida’s writing and photographs are also featured in numerous art anthologies including Public,Private, Secret (ICP/Aperture, 2016) and Feast for the Eyes (Aperture, 2018). Maida earned a BA summa cum laude from Columbia University in architecture and art history, studying with Barry Bergdoll and Rosiland Krauss, before attending Yale to earn an MFA.
Born Free and Equal: The Story of Loyal _______-AmericansIt is both a sensitive reanimation of a still-resonant chapter in American history and a hard-hitting meditation upon photography’s complicity with its outplaying.
-- Charlotte Cotton
A Third LookAgainst the backdrop of photography’s long, often fraught, history in the genre of nudes, Joseph Maida creates unforgettable pictures of those less-visualized, so long known, but long unseen.
-- Eva Respini
Things "R" QueerFor Maida, queer goes beyond sexuality and sexual orientation, especially in the elastic space of social media and the Internet. -- Susan Bright, Feast For The Eyes (Aperture, 2017)
New NativesProjection of an identity - much like the interpretation of one - is the articulation of the wish of how one wants to be seen - or how one wishes to see. -- Peter Weiermair, New Natives (L'Artiere, 2015)