The idea for 100 Pictures | 100 Stories came from a group exhibition, “Show me someone who says it’s Easy!” by Create or Die. The driving force behind Create or Die, photographer Chrissie Hall and creative producer and writer Deb Morgan, wanted to portray their fellow artists in an interesting, fun and meaningful way.
Upon completion of shooting and interviewing the twelve artists for their exhibition, both Hall and Morgan immediately knew that the project had legs beyond the life of the exhibition. After the mammoth ten-hour day of shooting and conversations, they looked at each other and said, “We need to tell more artists’ stories!” And so began the journey to capture 100 artists’ portraits and conversations.
At this stage, 63 artists have been photographed. “It’s so exciting and such an eye-opening experience to get to shoot and know all these amazing artists,” Hall says. “The feedback has been overwhelming – people are loving the series and we’re having so much fun doing it.”
The project entails a one-on-one session where the artist is asked to bring along objects that they feel represent them as an artist and human. Hall captures the individual's unique and wonderful character in her signature photographic style. The artists then sit down for a cup of tea in an intimate conversation with Morgan, as they discuss their art practice, philosophies, triumphs and challenges.
“It’s a huge honour being able to chat with these artists and talk about such intimate topics. The biggest insight I think I’ve had from these conversations, is that every single artist has their own unique way of creating and living. There’s no ‘one way’ to make art; everyone has to find their own balance,” Morgan says.
The stories and portraits are published weekly on Create or Die’s online magazine and featured on social media platforms, Instagram and Facebook.
At the end of the project, an exhibition showcasing all 100 pictures and stories will be held. It will will include talks from artists in the series, as well as an opportunity for the artists to connect with each other and guests of the exhibition.