Lynn Davis revels in the realist fragment in her approach to photographing the body. She said in 1985 that she likes keeping the final image ‘on the level of the sensuality of shapes and forms’. She asks her subjects to push the body beyond its limits so that beauty and excitement can be exaggerated. Davis worked with dancers to explore these limits in the present series. She asked for extreme discipline in movement, the formation of shapes, contrasts and physical tensions which she found exhilarating in their abstractions.
gelatin silver photograph
48.4 x 48.2 cm image; 60.6 x 50.5 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r.verso, ink "Lynn Davis 1990".
Gift of Edron Pty Ltd - 1996 through the auspices of Alistair McAlpine
Not on display
© Lynn Davis
Shown in 2 exhibitions
Referenced in 3 publications
Judy Annear, Discipline and Beauty - women, fashion, photography, Sydney, 1997, illus..
Sotheby's London (Editor), Sotheby's London: Photograpic image and related material, England, 02 May 1996, 94 (illus.). lot no. 300, text below refers to photograph.
Peter Weiermair (Editor), Lynn Davis: "Body Work" 1978-1985, Switzerland, 1994, 44 (illus.).