Reviews of The Home Stage:
"A coffee table book you need now."
“Imagine images combining the social class of Tina Barney, the intimacy of Elinor Carucci and the sensibility of the Dutch painter Vermeer. A beguiling mix for sure, and so it’s no wonder that the young photographer Jessica Todd Harper (a former PDN’s 30) is making such a splash in the fine-art world.
-Reuel Golden, PDN
“What makes Harper’s pictures so gripping is that familiar feelings, whether good or bad, show up as something subtle rather than shocking.”
-Husch Josten, FRANKFURTER ALLEGMEINE ZEITUNG
"Harper's domestic scenes—large color photographs featuring her family, and, occasionally, herself—combine a lovely sense of intimacy with a casually patrician formality...with a painterly feel for dappled, natural light that makes some of the images glow as if from within... the work is sincere, even seductive..."
-Vince Aletti, THE NEW YORKER
"T.S. Eliot, among others, understood that an artist who has not mastered the tradition cannot be truly innovative. If an artist is steeped in the tradition, he will have absorbed the techniques of great art, and more important, he will have confronted the issues that make for greatness; work by such an artist resonates in the culture... Ms. Harper confidently draws on the past as she explores new technologies, and treats her personal concerns in a markedly different time."
-William Meyers, THE SUN
“...these pictures rely on details of gesture, body language, and dress to tell us volumes about one family and every family, and to raise more questions then they answer…. Regardless of how different our households are from Jessica Todd Harper’s, her haunting pictures remind us how much and how little we understand about the people we know and love best.”
-Francine Prose, O, THE OPRAH MAGAZINE