Tag Archives: Gillian Wearing

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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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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