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Face - The New Photographic Portrait

Face - The New Photographic Portrait

6.597,00 RSD

autor:William A. Ewing
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jezik:engleski



This groundbreaking publication announces the death of the conventional portrait.

In an age when we are bombarded with flawless images of youthful beauty, when rejuvenation is available through a jar of cream or a scalpel, it is no wonder that a new generation of artists and photographers are seeking to portray the face in new ways.

Through a variety of techniques, including computer manipulation, retouching, photomontage, appropriation of found imagery and methods of veiling and disguising, the artists present their provocative new portraits.

Replacing clarity with blur, the split-second with the elastic moment, reality with hyperreality, they question the notion of a fixed identity, of the face as ‘the window to the soul’, of what constitutes beauty, of faith in absolute photographic truth. This exciting new portraiture, with its focus on what is revealed rather than what is concealed, is curiously closer to portraiture of the nineteenth century than to that of the twentieth.

Whether Gillian Wearing’s masked self-portrait, Aziz + Cucher’s neutral façades, LawickMüller’s composite portrait of a couple, Cindy Sherman’s disquieting
disguises or Orlan’s disturbing experiments with cosmetic surgery, these faces demand our attention. Exploring bold new strategies of representation, the artists in this book present faces to the world that are sometimes alluring, sometimes touching, sometimes frightening, but never less than riveting.

William A. Ewing is Director of the Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland, the world-renowned museum of photography. He is the author of more than a dozen books on diverse aspects of photography and the curator of a number of international exhibitions on the themes of the body and the face.

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