Untitled, 1975-1980
© Courtesy of George and Betty Woodman

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Untitled, 1975-1980 1975-1980
  • Artist Rooms
Woodman took this photograph of herself not long after her grandmother’s funeral. Old family photographs sit on the table beside her, whilst she is bathed in a transparent light suggesting a spiritual presence. Woodman has openly acknowledged the influence of Duane Michals’s surreal photographs for such images, which explore movement and transparency. Her photographs explore issues of gender and self, looking at the representation of the body in relation to its surroundings. She usually puts herself in the frame, although these are not conventional self-portraits, since she is either partially hidden or concealed by slow exposures that blur her moving figure into a ghostly presence. This underlying fragility is emphasised by the small and intimate format of the photographs.

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Exposure

The length of time a photosensitive surface is exposed to light. The term ‘multiple exposure’ is used to describe the act of recording more than one image on a single sheet or frame of film.

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Details

  • Acc. No. AR00361
  • Medium Photograph, gelatine silver print on paper
  • Size 13.50 x 13.30 cm (paper 20.30 x 25.20 cm) (framed: 45.80 x 40.20 x 2.00 cm)
  • Credit ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008