• February 17, 2014

Artifacts: Photographer Adrienne Grunwald

Artifacts is a series about physical items that have meaning to photographers in the field. The items are styled, shot, and described by the photographers themselves. It is curated by Jody Sugrue and Kate LaRue.

For several months in 2010 through 2013, Adrienne Grunwald lived with and documented the lives of professional female futebol (soccer) players in Brazil for her series “Guerreiras.” Since then, she has been based in New York, working on personal projects and local assignments. She recently became a member of the photography collective MJR.

Adrienne’s Artifacts
“When I left for Brazil in 2010, I packed up my studio apartment and put all of the seemingly unnecessary possessions from my previous life in boxes. Four years later, I have yet to open most those boxes and am not sure that I ever will. This collection of artifacts are some of the things that I have kept close. In a way, what I have collected are small clues to my history, a narrative towards the future I intend to live and some reminders of the lessons that I have learned along the way.”
Picture of Adrienne Grunwald's Artifacts
Adrienne Grunwald’s Artifacts
1. Hasselblad 500C: A beautiful camera, gaffered up and all – this camera traveled with me all over Brazil to create my “Guerreiras” work.

2. Driftwood: Snagged this piece of driftwood off of Goat Rock beach in Northern California as a memento after running naked into the Pacific Ocean on my 30th birthday.

3. Global Entry ID card: My newest and most prized travel possession—I like the fast lane.

4. Tea Tree Chewing Sticks: I don’t chew gum, so these are my alternative. Anyone who knows me, knows.

5. Field notebook: Open to a “film log” I kept while shooting in Brazil.

6. Lucas’ Papaw Ointment: My all-healing Australian elixir.

7. Love Tarot Card: I carry this card in my wallet as a reminder to love all.

8. Gaffer’s tape: My end-all, be-all life hack.

9. Domke Film X-Ray Bag: This is my last resort to protect film when traveling at airports that refuse to handcheck film.

10. Yashica T4:  My point and shoot delight.

11. Moleskine Notebook: All my ideas/inspiration/love on hand.

12. US forever postcard stamps:  I carry these stamps in my wallet so I can send a postcard from wherever I travel in the States without having to find a post office.

13. Leica M2: One of my most treasured cameras that I bought on the cheap and thankfully survived a mugging in NYC.

14. Dual SIM cellphone : Love my dual sim which very much comes in handy when traveling throughout Brazil.

15. Official futebol field measurements: Found this beautiful poster in the back of a referees handbook in a bookshop in Brazil.

16. Sekonic L-308S : My handy light meter, always around my neck when I’m working.

17. Photograph of my grandfather : Found this beautifully aged photograph of my grandfather Ernest in a box of his things. He’s turning 100 years old this March and I treasure having him in my life.

18. Collage book: I bring my collage books with me on long-term trips so I can have an alternative creative outlet at night. Sometimes I need to get away from it all.

19. Pile of postcards – I will forever collect and send cryptic postcards to my friends around the world.


Adrienne’s Work
Players sit for a team meeting before a practice session in Vitoria de Santo Antao, Brazil on February 16, 2012.
Players sit for a team meeting before a practice session in Vitoria de Santo Antao, Brazil on February 16, 2012.


A man reviews the wagering guide's '50 Cent Pick 5' listings at Freehold Raceway, the oldest harness horse racetrack in the United States, in Freehold, New Jersey,  March 2010.
A man reviews the wagering guide’s ’50 Cent Pick 5′ listings at Freehold Raceway, the oldest harness horse racetrack in the United States, in Freehold, New Jersey, March 2010.


A man waters the lawn on a property in Pleasant Valley Estates in Marlboro, New Jersey, May 2010.
A man waters the lawn on a property in Pleasant Valley Estates in Marlboro, New Jersey, May 2010.

There are 24 Comments. Add Yours.

  1. Paul
    June 12, 2014

    I love collage books. Could you share your collages in the web?

  2. logan
    April 19, 2014

    the love card

  3. kingsley
    March 31, 2014

    i like almost all the pictures they are lovely.wanna share more?.

  4. Ellen Ryall
    March 3, 2014

    Hi! Enjoyed your look at your Artifacts and Thankyou! I too have run into Airport personnel who sometimes refuse to hand inspect what film I had. I saw your Domke Film X-Ray Bag . Now I know there is an answer to the problem! Thankyou I’ll start looking for one myself Ellie14

  5. vrengky aditya
    February 28, 2014

    Ooh, so cute if women play a football. May be national team brazil of course men player get win in world cup 😀

  6. Michèle Audette
    February 27, 2014

    About thé man watering thé plants. Maybe thé photographe wanted thé viewer to react against all thé water that could go to people dying of thirst…

  7. Charlene E. Murray
    February 25, 2014

    I love the last photograph of the man watering the lawn. Every thing is perfect in this photograph. The lighting, the colors, the lawns, and the man watering the lawn.

  8. Hinna Vayani
    February 24, 2014

    Love the little stories behind your artifacts, truly inspiring.

  9. Hope R Power
    February 24, 2014

    your artifacts inspire me, your journey speaks to me, thank you

  10. sunil maru
    February 24, 2014

    Hasselblad…the top range of cameras in the 70s and 80s. I remember repairing one with my father who was fantastic photographer and techno wizard in the 80’s.

  11. vrengky aditya
    February 24, 2014

    your photo is so beatifully, “bagus” in word of my country. Btw how to make a global entry ID card. thank’s 😀

  12. PWe72
    February 24, 2014

    A Canon addict since my first FX in’67, an F-1 with all the goodies in ’71 and an FT-QL in ’82, I have lost complete control of my common sense in my old age….twice during the past several years I was tempted too far; first at a yard sale I bought a like new Minolta 1000 with a bag of equally new lenses for $100 and more recently I jumped at a “Hasse” like yours for $500. Roll film forever!

  13. David Estabrook
    February 23, 2014

    I really appreciate your artifacts. Thank you for sharing them with us. I am drawn to the photograph of the soccer player about to kick the ball. I find myself bearing down, or grunting, in anticipation of how hard she is going to kick it in about one second. You can just see the potential energy wrapped up in that cocked leg. The ball must be cringing, knowing how much it will soon be compressed and go flying!

  14. Jose Vazquez
    February 23, 2014

    Incredible photos

  15. Louis
    February 23, 2014

    Thanks for sharing your artifacts….it proves again that photography is our shared artifact of life.

  16. Fernand Roy
    February 23, 2014

    L’avant dernière photo me ressemble,et la dernière m’a beaucoup reposé en l’admirant

  17. memographer
    February 23, 2014

    Love your treasures!
    A photo of the man’s hands is great.

  18. Michael L. Smith
    February 23, 2014

    What a beautiful life as a photographer she is having. What a nice preview of her work. The addition of her mementos, and equipment was a nice addiction.

  19. David Thomas
    February 23, 2014

    Thank you for sharing your artifacts. They inspired me to review my own and create a new travel kit. I particularly liked your collage book and your use of Forever stamps.

  20. Susan Serianni
    February 23, 2014


    February 23, 2014

    In a time where time relentlessly marches on it’s the photographer who a just the right moment froze that time to be enjoyed by all till the end of time.

  22. Michael Kroll
    February 23, 2014

    What a wonderful collection of mementos and memories. Deeply and unexpectedly inspiring. Thanks so much for sharing the love.

  23. Rodney E Dodson
    February 23, 2014

    Interesting artifacts. I’ll bet that you will open that box, for the Hasselblad and Leica!.. and Pleasant Valley brings to mind “Pleasant Valley Sunday”>

  24. margaret foran
    February 19, 2014


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