Amy Touchette is a photographer based in Brooklyn who explores themes of social connectedness through street portraiture. Trained at the International Center of Photography, she began her artistic career as a writer and painter, earning a BA in Literature and Studio Art and an MA in Literature. She is represented by ClampArt in New York City.
Touchette's first monograph, Shoot the Arrow: A Portrait of The World Famous *BOB*, was published and funded by Un-Gyve Press (Boston, 2013). Other publications include The New York Times, the New York Observer, BUST magazine, Esquire magazine, Russia, and Brooklyn Photographs Now, published by Rizzoli (New York, 2018).
Her photographs have exhibited nationally and internationally, including MoMA-Moscow, Leica Gallery-Warszawa, Hamburg Triennial of Photography, and in the U.S. Embassies in Vienna, Austria, and Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. Images from her latest, unreleased series, Personal Ties: Street Portraits of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, will debut at the National Portrait Gallery in London, England, November 7, 2019-February 16, 2020, as part of the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition.
Described by BuzzFeed as “a master of street photography in the busiest of concrete jungles, New York City,” Touchette regularly gives artist lectures and public talks on the topic of photographing on the street, most recently at Adorama camera store and in Bryant Park, as well as at UCLA Extension, School of Visual Arts, the International Center of Photography, Spazio Labo' Centro di Fotografia, City College of New York, and B&H Superstore. She teaches street portraiture in ICP’s full-time Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism program and in Oaxaca, Mexico, through SEEK Workshops.
Touchette also works as a freelance photography writer for publications such as PDN, PDNedu, Rangefinder, Emerging Photographer and Digital Photo Pro magazines, and wrote a series of articles about street photography for the tutorial website Envato Tuts+.
She's currently at work on several medium format street photography series and uses Instagram (@amy_touchette) as a sketch pad for her film-based street work, posting un-posed digital portraits of strangers for her series Street Dailies, which was recently featured on Artsy and made into a poker-sized deck of playing cards.