Category Archives: 1 – Autobiographical Self-Portraiture

Reflective Self Portrait: Henri, Friedlander, Steele-Perkins and Scianna

In Autofocus Susan Bright (7) offers a selection of self portraits by contemporary artists. Overall this collection didn’t capture my imagination, leaving me uninspired and somewhat confused. Having become excited by the idea of approaching a self portrait project, this … Continue reading

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Auto Focus: The Self Portrait in Contemporary Photography by Susan Bright

Susan Bright’s book (1) should be the ideal starting point for a study of self-portrait and in many ways it is but I find the artists’ work that Bright has selected to be generally rather uninspiring. As one would expect … Continue reading

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Francesca Woodman

“Thru 6/13: 120 works of photographer francesca woodman (nsfw), who committed suicide at age 22 in 1981, go on display at the Guggenheim.” Jillian Stienhauer writing in the Paris Review (1) picks out this prosaic statement, an exhibition announcement in a … Continue reading

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Vivian Maier: Self-Portraits

Background Having briefly looked at the bizarre story of how Vivian Maier’s work became public (here) I want to look specifically at the published collection of her self portraits as part of my research into assignment 3. There are three important factors … Continue reading

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Vivian Maier: Commercial Treasure or Artist?

Background “Vivian Maier, proud native of France and Chicago resident for the last 50 years died peacefully on Monday. Second mother to John, Lane and Matthew. A free and kindred spirit who magically touched the lives of all who knew her. Always ready … Continue reading

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Cindy Sherman: Untitled Film Stills

Postmodernism and Feminism  Cindy Sherman often uses the word “ambiguous” when describing the intent of her work, so when Elizabeth Couturier describes her as the “high priestess of the conceptual self portrait” (1) we must be careful not to leap to any … Continue reading

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