Monthly Archives: September 2015

Alison Jackson: Private

Staged photography takes many forms but most of the work that might be loosely classified under this heading has an narrow audience. Jeff Wall’s Dead Troops Talk was sold at auction in 2012 for $3.6 million, slightly less than Cindy Sherman’s Untitled Film Still #96 which … Continue reading

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Location Location

The choice of location plays an important role in staged photography, it being one of the key components of the final photograph, the stage upon which the narrative will be played out. Both Gregory Crewdson and Jeff Wall tend to work in … Continue reading

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Jeff Wall and the Cinematographic

Jeff Wall and Gregory Crewdson are often discussed in tandem because of the similarities in their production processes; they assume the maximum editorial control by staging compositions using the collaborative processes of cinema, a method that Wall calls cinematographic. The end results are … Continue reading

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Avoiding The Fraught Enterprise

I have been researching staged photography by reviewing the usual suspects; Crewdson (here), Sherman (here), Wall (here) and diCordia. This quartet is intriguing, in part because their work is so different yet linked by premeditated staging and the appropriation of cinematic processes and … Continue reading

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