Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Joel-Peter Witkin

American photographer Joel-Peter Witkin's work deals with the theme of saint and sinner in a subversive religious context, along with finding beauty in the grotesque. His intricately staged photographs use assembled painted backgrounds, models and various props, which are then manually manipulated once the negative is formed before printing onto gelatin sliver print. The elaborate process producing exquisite luminous photographs in black and white depicting bizarre and shocking taboo scenes that the viewer cannot help but be pulled into. The end result is a photograph that resembles a black and white baroque painting more so than a photograph.


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