I/Eye: On Photography

Girl with Fan

Posted in portraits, Woman with... by Sheila Newbery on September 1, 2009
Girl with Fan (Berkeley, 2008) © Sheila Newbery

Girl with Fan (Berkeley, 2008) © Sheila Newbery

Girl/Woman with Fan: the theme recurs in portraiture, from early 17th-century court portraits—I think of the hieratic pose of Elizabeth I with her ‘rigid’ fan—to 20th-century photography, with Paul Outerbridge’s great carbro print as perhaps the most brilliant, playful, and most coolly luscious photographic treatment I know of. In this photo, Kim is dressed somewhat more humbly than court decorum might require: the gown is courtesy of a local couturier working with ‘found’ materials—plastic shopping bags (with saran wrap waistband).

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