I have already discussed the work of Cindy Sherman and Jeff Wall on this blog both of whom stage their photography in different ways. While Sherman stars in elaborate and unrecognisable self portraits of mock film stills:
Wall reproduces real scenes in a studio setting or stages everyday scenes:
Similar to Sherman, Yasumasa Morimura performs in his photographs as well-known historical people:
Another photographer that stages his images in an extreme way is Spencer Tunick whose Sea of Hull celebrated Hull’s shortlisting for the City of Culture award:
and another taken in Sydney, Australia:
Andreas Gursky in his image The Rhine II (1999) was not looking for the picturesque but a “striking banality” in marked contrast to modern photography. Indeed, he even removed the buildings and people from this image:
Postmodern photographers also use found images or others photographers images as a basis to create their own versions of the image. The most famous of these was Richard Prince’s Cowboy image used in the Marlborough advertisements:
Similarly, Sherrie Levine copied others’ photographs.
There is much for me to learn and say about postmodernism. In future posts I intend to look at different photographers’ work in more detail.