My research identifies and analyses a new type of image in which dress-as-still life constitutes a form of contemporary photographic portraiture. It specifically focuses on images where clothes are mobilised as a means of documenting the self or the life of another person; as portrait, self-portrait or selfie, depending on whose clothes the photographer captured. I focus on three distinct areas of practice to thoroughly investigate the aesthetic tropes and meanings behind these acts of portraiture, in and outside of social media’s networked flows of communication.
Christian Boltanski (1972) Les habits de François C. (24 parts)
Charlie Porter (2021) Luncheon N.12
Carol Hudson (2014) BE-Longing series
Glenna Gordon (2014) Hauwa Mutah
Elle Perez (2015-2018) Binder
Ishiuchi Miyako, (2018) ひろしまhiroshima #104
Mary Kelly (1984-85) Corpus
Mémé Bartels (2016) The Complete Collection
Kaucyila Brooke (1998) Kathy Acker's Clothes
Wolfgang Tillmans (1996) Faltenwurf (off soho)
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