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Title

Photogram (light fern, life)

circa 1986

Artist

Sue Ford

Australia

1943 - 06 Nov 2009

  • Details

    Date
    circa 1986
    Media category
    Photograph
    Materials used
    gelatin silver photograph
    Dimensions
    25.3 x 19.4 cm image/sheet
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Purchased 1996
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    263.1996
    Copyright
    © Sue Ford Archive

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  • About

    The photogram, which is a unique print, has been used by most innovative photographers over the last century as a means of directly recording the effects of light. The photograms by Sue Ford, while complete as individual works, also form a triptych dealing with the cycle of life and death in nature. Dating from the mid-1980s, they are typical of Ford's practice - there is a pronounced duality within the layers of her imagery, reflecting the interaction between hand and mind, the camera and the eye.

    With a photogram this interaction is obvious when one considers the necessary connection between the manipulation of light, the photo-sensitive paper and the artist's intent. There is an interesting link between this triptych and Ford's 'Time series' (from the 1960s onwards) when she photographed friends at designated intervals, their faces over time increasingly marked by experience and age. While there is certain poignancy associated with the passing of time and our own mortality - which led the artist to see the camera as a 'time machine' - the photogram image can be considered a poetic rendition of the power and mystery of shadows and light.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

    • Maggie Finch, Sue Ford, Melbourne, 2014, 135 (illus.).

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