Erin Brethauer

The Image, Deconstructed and camp

Posted in Friends, On Assignment, Portraits by erinbrethauer on March 24, 2013

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The Image, Deconstructed is one of my favorite photography resources and I’m very excited that my Autism Camp work is featured this week along with an interview on the story behind the project.  I’m honored to take part.  A big thank you to Ross Taylor, Logan Mock-Bunting and the rest of the TID team- they are amazing photographers and people and I really appreciate all the great work they’re doing for the photo community.

To see the  interview on The Image, Deconstructed, click here.

I’ve also conducted two interviews for the blog, one with Maggie Steber on her memory series (click here) and the other with Mike Belleme on his skateboarding culture project (click here).

The team behind the blog is holding the first TID workshop this weekend in Chapel Hill- great people, I hope to make the next one.  Check it out here

In other news, I have a show coming up in the AAAC gallery in the River Arts District here in Asheville.  The show is going up April 9th and will be on view the entire month.  I’m going to show two bodies of personal work: one from my wanderings in New Orleans and Wisconsin and the other will be a selection of my autism camp diptychs.  Lots to be done.

Come to the show opening on Friday, April 12th from 6-9pm.  You can see details from the gallery  here.

Thanks for looking!


Website update- DNC

Posted in Uncategorized by erinbrethauer on November 24, 2012


I know with the election over, you’re probably going through political withdrawal and waxing nostalgic for all the hoopla and drama.  No?  Well, just in case you need a little taste, I finally posted some photos from the DNC in Charlotte which you can see here.

Thanks for looking!  And hope you had a very happy thanksgiving.

High Steppin’ project

Posted in Uncategorized by erinbrethauer on November 24, 2012


Every year I’ve worked at the paper, I’ve covered the annual Holiday Parade in downtown Asheville and each year, I find myself following this one group- the Hillcrest High Steppin’ Majorettes and Drum Corp.

They have this energy that is captivating and exciting and the people they pass on the parade route react to that energy.  They jump up and dance, yelling to their friends in the group.  The high steppers usually have police officers escorting them through the parade route because a big entourage of fans and parents start following them.

So in preparation for this year’s parade, I decided to do a project on the group.  I went to their practices and took notes, video and pictures and after a week of editing, the story was published last Saturday in the Citizen-Times.

You can read the article here.

See photos and video on my updated website here.

Or visit the project page on the newspaper’s website here.

I hope you’ll check it out.


Asheville Art Museum print fair

Posted in North Carolina by erinbrethauer on June 22, 2012


Here ye! Here ye!  If you happen to be in Asheville this weekend, you can see some of my work in the Asheville Art Museum’s print fair.  A huge thanks to Steve Mann for helping me pull some prints together for the show and to Kevin Hogan for organizing our group.  You can find info about the fair here.  These are two of the prints in the show- I’m finally scanning and editing together the film I shot in northern Wisconsin in February during the Birkebeiner with my pops.  Looking at all that snow makes me feel much cooler.  More from that project very soon.  Til then, I’m off to the beach!



June update

Posted in Portraits by erinbrethauer on June 12, 2012

June is magic.  In addition to being my birthday month, June is when  the LOOK3 photography festival happens up in Charlottesville, Virginia.  It’s the best place to catch up with friends, see excellent work and get some much needed inspiration.  I returned yesterday and am excited to get working on projects, edit existing work and update my poor, neglected blog.  Ta-daa!

A few good notes since the last time I posted.  I updated my website- check it out: www.erinbrethauer

Also, I’m happy to be included in the 2012 Magenta Flash Forward Emerging Photographers list.  I submitted the diptychs I made last summer at Camp Lakey Gap in Black Mountain, a camp for people with autism.   You can see more on my website and learn more about the award here.

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Maggie Steber on memory for The Image, Deconstructed

Posted in Friends by erinbrethauer on February 6, 2012

If you haven’t seen The Image, Deconstructed blog yet, please check it out.  There is a growing body of insightful interviews with excellent photographers about their approach to an image or body of work.  It was a real treat helping out with the last interview with Maggie Steber, a photographer I truly admire.

See the interview here:

I especially appreciate Maggie’s photographs of her mother and also the lovely story behind this image:

From Maggie: “I met Elly Chovel at another assignment and found out she was a founder of the Pedro Pan Organization, and fled Cuba at an early age. She told me how she swam in the waters off Key Biscayne daily at dawn because the waters lapped the shores of both Miami and Cuba….

When I photograph someone I always zone in on them. I’m all there and I’m looking for small signs or signals – I guess you could call them moments – they are what make a good photograph. The morning we shot this photo, Elly was just swimming so easily. Her head seemed to float on the water; she seemed almost asleep, but I knew it was because she was remembering. That’s so powerful. I was steeped in the story of memory and the experience of seeing my mother’s memories disappear had a profound effect on me.

I was inspired by the power of this and how, in losing memory, one can lose one’s self – be it dementia or forgetting a birth country. To remind herself of Cuba, Elly swam in the sea, in her memory. I get lost in this idea in the best sense of the word.”

The Image, Deconstructed:

Kyle, Matt and Omaha

Posted in Friends by erinbrethauer on February 3, 2012

12.8.11-12.13.11 in Omaha, NE

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Posted in Friends by erinbrethauer on December 23, 2011

12.12.11 in Omaha, Kyle outside the movie theater.



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Flying Cloud

Posted in Farming in the Blood, Friends, North Carolina by erinbrethauer on November 1, 2011

From 10.5.11

Some photos from my last visit out to Flying Cloud Farm in October on Anna’s last day.  So long to summer, fall is here.


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Flaming Lips at Moogfest

Posted in North Carolina, On Assignment by erinbrethauer on October 30, 2011