Less interested in the single frame photographic image, my recent work extends the frame and seeks to expand the present with innovative and sometimes novel scanning and panorama methods that place my body at the center of prolonged, transitional ‘performances’.

It breaks new ground reminiscent of the movement and locomotion studies of Eadweard Muybridge and Etienne-Jules Marey and topographical scans of Andreas Gefeller, yet forgoes their precision and didactic approaches in favor of an expressionistic immediacy.

I engage with the liminal moments and emotions that exist within the nuanced interplay between myself and my surroundings. The resultant records rely entirely on the hand-held, in-camera moments of capture and are limited to minimal post-capture editing while eschewing collage or painting to mediate or manipulate further what time, momentum, gesture, and intent fix on the image sensor. The resultant records capture vestiges of my liminal activity as it becomes enmeshed with the environment in disorienting and disarming imagery.

Manspreading and Other Radical Acts of an Assertive, Straight, CIS, Non-Toxic, White Male (2022) - I Was Quite a Different Person Last Year (Update-2023)


Eric Laverty (b. 1965, Detroit. MI) studied Painting with Gerhard Richter at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany (1991-93);  Photography with Jim Dow at SFMA-Boston (1987-89);  and Anthropology during his undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (1983-87).

Laverty lives and works in both Brooklyn and Detroit.  His photography, collage and painting have been exhibited in Boston, Düsseldorf, New York, and Brussels and are in private collections in the United States, Europe, and Japan.


Eric P. Laverty




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