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All Too Human

I took advantage of the late night opening at Tate Britain tonight to go around the All Too Human exhibition.

Walking around the exhibition I was struck by how the different artists could manage to depict people in their own unique way. So while some were very realistic there were others that were very abstract.

I will have to read the catalogue or the accompanying notes properly as I didn’t fully understand why the collection included still life and landscapes.

All Too Human – Bacon, Freud And A Century Of Painting Life is on until 27 August 2018.

100 Pioneering Women

I was in the National Portrait Gallery the other day to pick up the 100 Pioneering Women book which as the title suggests is a selection from their collection.

What is interesting was the work chosen to illustrate the entry for Germaine Greer. They could have gone with the photograph by Polly Borland but instead went with the pastel by Paula Rego.

To be fair there maybe copyright reasons why one was chosen over the other. But it does raise the question if the work by Rego communicates a more serious image, worthy of inclusion in this publication, over the nude photo by Borland.

Women Walking

I was browsing in a Waterstones shop and came across the book Women Walking by Karin Sagner.

As a side note, I can’t stress how important physical bookshops are to our knowledge. I am certain that I would not have come across this book from browsing online.

The book is a collection of paintings from the late 18th to the early 20th century which depict women not inside the home environment but out and about in the towns and countryside. So what is so special about this? Well, the point is, that if you look hard enough, there are works of art which do not show women as passive objects.

Even though during this time period there were very few female artists to give an alternative to the male gaze, it is good to see that there was work being created which, as the subtitle of the book suggests, showed the Freedom Adventure Independence of women.

Now that we are in 2018 the question has to be asked: have things improved? Well from this piece on the BBC News website Do ‘dead’ models live on in fashion magazines? we may not have moved on as much as we think we have.

Digging a little deeper, the research by Jennifer Moss is a few years old and you can read the 2017 update here.

For me this is more evidence in how important it is to think very carefully about how I am depicting the women I am photographing for this project.

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