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

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Untitled, 1975-1980 1975-1980
  • Artist Rooms
The bodies of the two naked women in this photograph are cropped and decentred; Woodman treats them with no more importance than the scattered objects that surround them. Here Woodman uses a mirror as a prop – it becomes a symbol of artistic self-reflexivity, reflecting the ‘eye’ of the camera back upon itself. Her photographs explore issues of gender and self, looking at the representation of the body in relation to its surroundings. They are not conventional portraits, since figures are either partially hidden or concealed by slow exposures that blur them into surreal, ghostly forms. 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.

Surrealism

A literary and artistic movement founded by the poet André Breton in 1924. Many of the associated artists, such as Max Ernst and Jean Arp, had previously been involved with Dadaism. The movement sought to challenge conventions through the exploration of the subconscious mind, invoking the power of dreams and elements of chance. Cultural hierarchies were challenged by the combination of diverse elements in collages and sculptural assemblages. The movement is also notable for the collaborations between artists and writers evident in the Surrealists' many publications.

Exposure, Surrealism

Details

  • Acc. No. AR00355
  • Medium Photograph, gelatine silver print on paper
  • Size 12.80 x 12.90 cm (paper 25.20 x 20.20 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