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Fayum

Fayum: Geoffrey Frosh

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 ...

Fayum: Sebastian Mera

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 ...

Fayum – Allan Jones

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 ...

Fayum – Rachel in Venice

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 ...

Fayum – Lizzie Motlow

Lizzie Motlow, Cheyne Street, Edinburgh. February, 1986. A few days after the Challenger Space Shuttle Disaster. My friend and fellow photographer was visiting from the USA, when we saw live footage of the disastrous mis-launch. The accident affected ...

Fayum – Clive Strutt

Clive Strutt, South Ronaldsay, Orkney. June, 1983 platinum-palladium print from 8×10″ negative A dear friend, with home I shared many eccentric moments, Clive is a (I think wonderful) composer. He still lives in Orkney. As I consider the ...

Fayum – Victoria Rivera

Victoria Rivera, Coyolillo. Honduras. 1995. platinum-palladium print. 8×10 inches  And then, the Fayum portraits are not distinguished just by the rendering of eyes. The place at which the face looks is, I think, what makes them feel timeless; a ...

Fayum – Kiran, Cortona.

Kiran. Cortona, Italy. 2010. scan from 8x10in negative  All the Fayiumi portraits are, of course, defined by the compressed space of the mummy casing. Strange illusions arise from this: despite a slight reduction in size, the ancient portraits seem ...