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Embodiment: A Portrait of Queer Life in is an archive and a journey through a rapidly changing community and the lives of people who offer brave new visions of what it means to be queer in America today. Stopping in churches, parks, high school classrooms, back yards and bedrooms, I have collaborated with individuals from both urban and rural areas for over 6 years. With this ever-growing archive of portraits, I aim to highlight a national experience while acknowledging its many diverging, overlapping and at times conflicting parts.  Created as a joint effort with participants who boldly stand in front of my lens, Embodiment reveals images of love and survival, creative forms of gender expression and the ever-changing anatomy of a family. It is my hope that these photographs will become a lasting archive for generations to come.

In 2009, filmmaker Amelia Tovey created several short films in collaboration with Embodiment participants.  Those films can be seen in the Archive, just search under “video”.

Photographs and personal statements will be released episodically online throughout the next year.

About the Artists


    MOLLY LANDRETH:  Molly Landreth is a Seattle based artist who explores concepts of identity and community through intimate large-format film photography and multi-media collaboration.  She is most well known for this series, “Embodiment: A Portrait of Queer Life in America” which she continues to exhibit and speak about frequently.  She has been featured in, and photographed for, publications including The New York Times, Time Magazine, The Guardian, The Advocate, OUT, Marie Claire and The New Yorker.  She holds a Master of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in NYC.  Molly is available for editorial assignments, new projects, exhibition opportunities and personal commissions world wide.


    AMELIA TOVEY: Amelia Tovey is an acclaimed New York based Australian filmmaker whose work focuses on documentary realism, social commentary and live musical performance. Amelia’s method of filmmaking and her aesthetic are consciously unencumbered and nomadic. Between 2009 and 2011 Amelia produced, directed, filmed and edited several short documentary films for Embodiment and was featured in The New York Times, TIME and The Advocate. She has presented her work and lectured internationally, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Film Theory and a Masters in Screenwriting.

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    JAMEY BAUMGARDT, created the design for the new Embodiment site.  He is a Seattle area native who likes to think of himself as a Conductor of Creativity. He’s been channeling his creative juices in the form of web design, user interface design, mobile application development and interactive marketing for over 15 years. See more at

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    SCOTT SMITH: Embodiment website programmer, is a Northwest native and graduate from the University of Washington where he majored in International Studies – Latin America and Spanish. While his career path, web development, has landed far from the ‘other Americas’, part of his heart still resides in the rain forests of Brazil, the highlands of Ecuador and Peru, and the parilladas of Argentina. The other part is quite at home and content sharing his life with Monica and Wini.

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    RYAN EUGENE MACDONALD: Copy Editor for Embodiment, is a freelance writer and TV producer based out of Los Angeles, CA. He has produced on shows for NBC, ABC, Vh1, MTV, Logo, Bravo, Discovery Channel, and Playboy TV.  His writing has been published in the Advocate and Out magazines. He also writes a blog, The Written Road, where he shares his personal stories and photographs about traveling the road of life.

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    KELLI RUDICK:  is a Brooklyn based musician and composer and created the score for the Embodiment Films. Her first album No One Knows You’re Foreign established Kelli as an innovative guitar player with a compelling approach to her instrument. Kelli has scored films including the documentary feature No Gravity, No Pain (Dir. Silvia Cassalino, 2011), the Sundance selected short film Awol (Dir. Deb Shoval, 2010), A Night in the Sunlight (Dir. Shawn Telford, 2009) and Absolutely I Do (Dir. Aline Allegra, 2009). Kelli’s second album ‘We Would Love Each Other’ will be released in 2011.