Danskoy Crematorium, Moscow. 1995 Platinum-palladium print on vellum from 8×10 inch negative Perhaps by way of pausing with my rambling thoughts about the relationship between the Fayum portraits and not just my own portrait work but photographic portraiture more generally, I am posting this image. It is a strange one and, the way deceased friends […]
Geoffrey Frosh, photographer 8×10 inches, platinum-palladium print on Fabriano 5 In a recent interview with photographer, printer and blogger, David Chow, he asked How do you normally approach taking a portrait of someone? A number of specific things have to be present or in place, and this is easy to talk about: atmospherics, equipment, the […]
Sebastian Mera, Duckspool. 1989 8×10 inches, platinum-palladium print on Fabriano 5 Here’s something else about the Fayum portraits – they were intended as a part of a process, a becoming. The person, (in almost all cases, as far as I understand) alive, presenting him or herself to the painter, knew full well where the painting would […]
At the Royal Ontario Museum, photos document Cambodia’s record of horror.
Allan Jones. 1992 Platinum-palladium print from an 8×10 negative Allan, a painter and dear friend, wrote me in an email: “I feel as if painting is becoming part of my body … i get stopped often -now – sometimes and feel what i only thought about feeling all these years … that feeling beyond art, or […]
Rachel and Kiran, Dawn. Venice, April 2010 from 8×10 negative From Euphrosyne Doxiadis’ ‘introduction’ in The Mysterious Fayum Portraits, Thames and Hudson, 2000: “The viewer becomes involved in direct communion with the person portrayed, who is as if in limbo, in a twilight zone between life and death. Looking at the most beautifully painted among the […]