Left: Cindy Sherman (American, born 1954), Untitled Film Still #56, 1980
Right: Danny Lyon (American, born 1942), Woman in a phone booth, 1967
The print gallery exhibition “Double Take” calls attention to the way photographers attempt to both announce and erase their presence in the final image chosen for print and presentation. Sometimes within the work of the same artist, curators Laura Burkhalter and Ben Easter have chosen pairs of images – one of which is a staged or posed photo and another that appears to be more improvisational or quickly-captured street photography.
In some cases, the line between the posed and the un-posed is clear, while in others the differences are much harder to spot. The comparisons and contrasts these visually similar pairs offer reveal the aesthetic and formal choices of the artist in both obviously directed images and those that might look like chance “lucky” shots at first glance—from lighting and framing to the choice of model and which look or movement to immortalize in the final print. Like the painter’s brushstroke or the sculptor’s carved surface, the photographer’s eye comes to the fore in every image in this gallery.
“Double Take” is curated by Art Center Senior Curator Laura Burkhalter and Guest Curator Ben Easter.