Tag Archives: Cindy Sherman

Theatres of the Real

Continuing with the theme of staged photography and having already crossed back across the Atlantic with a look at Alison Jackson (here) there are several other British photographers who have made, or are making their name, in this area. Theatres … Continue reading

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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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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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Selfie or Self Portrait

In 1548 Catharina van Hemessen painted herself at her easel, a painting remarkable only because it is considered to be the oldest surviving self portrait of an artist at work (1). The subject of “me by me, doing what I do” … Continue reading

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Shadow Self Portrait

Initial thoughts for assignment 3 were to work with reflections, an area I have previously explored with a modicum of success (here), and there did seem to be the opportunity to take this idea further. I briefly researched reflective self … Continue reading

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Masquerades

At first it might be surprising that the earliest known self-portrait turns out to be a masquerade (i), but, as Roland Barthes (2) suggests, photography has a closer relationship with theatre than it does with painting so role playing, camouflage, mimicry, disguise and … Continue reading

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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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