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Title

Photogram (dark fern, death)

circa 1986


Artist

Sue Ford

Australia

1943 - 06 Nov 2009


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.


Details


Date

circa 1986


Media category

Photograph


Materials used

gelatin silver photograph


Dimensions

25.2 x 20.2 cm image/sheet


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1996


Location

Not on display


Accession number

264.1996


Artist information

Sue Ford

Works in the collection

14


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


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