Stacy Kranitz, whom we celebrated back in October for having a wonderful 2015, continues to go from glory to glory.
Just now, Time Magazine has proclaimed her to be their Instagram Photographer of the Year for 2015.
Time celebrates Kranitz for work that "bridges the gap between personal and professional" and is “true, honest, raw, beautiful."
The editorial writers at Time note that "Kranitz embraces the fact that her presence directly impacts her subjects and her photographs."
This aspect of Kranitz's work makes it especially appropriate for Instagram, which aspires to "witness things as they happen.”
Time's writers say, "That’s why she doesn’t shy away from picturing herself among them, sharing on Instagram selfies she’s taken or portraits her “subjects” have snapped."
Time's award celebrates Kranitz' immersion in personal relationships with her subjects and her skills in bringing her vision of her world to a wide and growing audience.
Kranitz describes her practice as a photographer as expressing an interest "in blurring the boundaries of my personal life and my professional life, as I find those boundaries problematic and unhealthy.”
At the same time, however, Kranitz is able to make images that are lyrical, even romantic, in their choice of subject, and their treatment of that subject.
Perhaps the interplay between the lyrical and the confrontational is one dimension of Kranitz's strength as a photographer.
Here at year's end, Kranitz has also been the subject of a feature story in the December 2015 issue of the ezine VICE, go here.
She has also been featured on Colin Pantall's blog, here, and on the Filmmaker blog, here.
Kranitz is clearly a photographer of great vision, of deep engagement with her subjects, whom she approaches with a fine eye for composition and major resources of technical skills with the photographic medium.
She also clearly exemplifies in her work the ways in which digital communication enables an artist to communicate personal experience instantly to large numbers of people.
All this is earning her wide recognition, a fine thing to have for a photographer.
You can follow Kranitz on Instagram @stacykranitz here.