Sunday, September 4, 2011

Portrait of an Artist

Photography is a voyeuristic art form, I think we all already knew that, but there is something about seeing photographic portraits of visual artists that makes me feel like I'm seeing something I was never meant to see. There's a role reversal happening, the creator becomes the subject. Usually, artists are seen through the filter of their own work, but in these portraits it's almost as if control of their own image is handed over to another artist (the photographer). They fascinate me.

Georgia O'Keeffe photographed by Yousuf Karsh

Kiki Smith photographed by Nan Goldin

Marina Abramovic photographed by Antony Crook

Yayoi Kusama photographed by ? (anyone know?)

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