Pictures of Linda Lunus

Fox, Anna (2008) Pictures of Linda Lunus. [Art/Design Item]

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Pictures of Linda is a collaborative storytelling project that is ongoing and experimental. The body of work develops in different directions through a process initiated by both subject (primarily Linda) and photographer (usually me). It is central to the project's ethos that photographer and subject change places at times, so that Linda becomes autobiographer as well as biographical subject. The work aims to question the power relationship between subject and photographer in the creation of photographic portraiture. The project has evolved over a thirty-year period and is still changing today: its continuous experiment in picture making represents a long-term commitment to challenging documentary conventions. The work tracks numerous lifestyle changes over time, as Linda’s life is represented in a variety of ways through her extraordinary range of costumes and guises. The costumes used in the shooting process all belong to her, and are not simply for dressing up: she wears these outfits every day. Besides raising questions about the documentary process itself, the work also aims to challenge myths and conventions concerning representations of women, particularly with reference to the picturing of women in rural locations (in the UK). The new work in this project, since 2008, includes: photographs by Linda (self-portraits and some photographs of me); texts (emails and excerpts photographed from Linda’s autobiography); photographs by me of Linda; and a video work funded by the Arts Council of England, made earlier but first shown in 2008, in Cockroach Diary and Other Stories. This ACE-supported exhibition (funded under the working title 'Masked Ball') presented a mix of older and new work, and the whole body of work including the video was shown at the Union of Lithuanian Art Photographers’ 36th International Art Photography Meeting, Nida, 2013, where I also delivered a paper, 'Fabrication: documentary storytelling in the modern world'.

Item Type: Art/Design Item
Members: University for the Creative Arts
Depositing User: ULCC Admin
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2013 00:18
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2016 12:55

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