Andrea Modica is a superb talented photographer, who was born in 1960 in Brooklyn, New York and currently based in Philadelphia and she is a Professor of Photography at Drexel University. Andrea received her BFA from State University of New York College at Purchase and an MFA from Yale University. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, LIFE, and Newsweek, among others. The winner of numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Fulbright Grant, Professor Modica’s 1998 publication, Treadwell, is an acclaimed photographic collection of a fictitious rural upstate New York community which includes a forward written by Pulitzer Prize winner E. Annie Proulx. Other works by Professor Modica are in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, the Corcoran Gallery and the Biblioteque Nationale in Paris, France.
After moving to Colorado in the late 1990’s, Andrea Modica became interested in the unique world of the slaughterhouse, and the professional and personal lives of those who make the slaughterhouse their livelihood. Modica’s artistic curiosity was initially met with resistance, as several slaughterhouses suspected photographers to be critical of their trade. Word of mouth, however, led the artist to the Bakers, a family that runs their own business in Fountain, Colorado. The Bakers permitted Modica to enter their family sphere, producing a sensitive collection of photographs that yield the same intimacy expressed in previous projects such as: Treadwell and Barbara.