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Sketching The Yashica

She makes her subjects look more human with graphite and paper than most people could do with a camera and full studio lighting.
December 1, 2003, 12:00am

Title

: Colin, Kimbra

Artist: Pia Dehne

Gallery

: I’m So Happy I Could Die, a book of her drawings, is out now from Art Berlin

Medium

: Pencil on paper

Price

: $1,500

During the snapshot-photography gold rush, everybody suddenly thought they could take a good picture if they just had a Yashica and some fucked-up buddies. Then someone comes along who uses actual good snapshots (taken by both herself and her friends) to make faithfully rendered and startlingly alive pencil drawings. That’s what Pia Dehne does. She makes her subjects look more human, emotional, and approachable with graphite and paper than most people could do with a camera and full studio lighting. German by birth, Pia is now a New Yorker through-and-through, especially as the people she documents in her art comprise a veritable laundry list of art-world luminaries and hipster hanger-outers. “My friends are the main inspiration for my work, for sure,” she says. “I love New York for my friends, and I hate it for my roommate.” VICE STAFF