Recent reviews and publications
Michael Singman-Aste interview, Alameda Magazine 2012
Alameda Journal profile, December 2011
Profile in Black & White Magazine, December issue, 2010, page 76.
Interview with Jakki Spicer, Patch Alameda 2010
"Who Are You? Photographer Jan Watten Focuses on Questions of Identity
Seize the Moment Alameda Magazine 2008
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JAN WATTEN
BORN INTO AN ARTISTIC FAMILY, HER MOTHER WAS
AN ARTIST AND HER FATHER A DOCTOR AND POTTER,
photographer Jan Watten has a passion for expressing the
essence and core of her subject's being. "My work really revolves
around the idea of identity. It is really difficult to capture the
completeness of someone, and what I am interested in is capturing
an aspect of them," she says, "an isolated moment." Watten chooses
to photograph her subjects in black and white, because "I see in black
and white. It reduces an image and you don't have distractions of color.
You are getting rid of extraneous informafion, and it's very pure."
This vision of purity and simplicity was nurtured during her 13 years
living abroad in Taiwan, where she found artists' works to be
very minimal. Fast-forward to the present and you will find Watten
supporting and volunteering her work for display at the Frank Bette
Center for the Arts. The city of Alameda itself has a complementary
effect an Watten's work. "The thing I love about Alameda is that it is
a sort of time warp," she says. "I love the slowness of it.' Life on the
Island mows at the perfect speed for this artist who enjoys taking
the time to encapsulate the moment.