Throughout the past three decades, Kronen has created a photographic style similar to movie stills from an Alfred Hitchcock thriller. With her photographs, she creates images that many viewers might find unsettling. Kronen’s photographs of uncertainty are expressed through a lone figure positioned somewhere in the frame with the play of light and dark. “My photographs would not be described as ‘portraits’ in your traditional sense. Many times the frame cuts off the identify of the person creating the sense that the individual could be anyone.“


Without any preconceived expectations, Kronen goes into photo-shoots with a “fly by the seat of her pants” approach. Allowing her models to be vulnerable facilitates a level of intimacy that builds trust between her and her models (usually friends or acquaintances) letting the composition fall into place.


Working in both digital and film, Kronen is known best for her precise hand coloring. By having the control of choice of color, it’s intensity, and what will be colored; she feels that a unique photographic reality can be created.


Hildy Pincus Kronen studied Anthropology & received her Masters Degree from Hunter College, NYC. She got her first camera at 25 years old and it changed the direction of her future. As a young photographer in Brooklyn Heights, she began her studies in photography at the School of Visual Arts, N.Y.C. and continued at the International Center for Photography, N.Y.C. While living in NYC in the 70’s and 80’s, she was highly influenced by photographers: Duane Michaels, Sean Kernan, David Chalk, Charles Gatewood, and Bruce Gilden, who helped her create her own photographic style. In addition, she has been published in “Photographers Forum Magazine,” “Today’s Photographer Magazine,” “Time & Life Photography Annual” and “Woman Self Portraits” (edited by Joyce Tennyson Cohen).


Hildy currently lives in the Berkshires and exhibits her work at Sohn Fine Art, where she is represented, located in Lenox, MA.