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Title

Mummified bodies, near Mexico City

1969
printed 1998

Artist

Albert Tucker

Australia

29 Dec 1914 - 23 Oct 1999

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Guanajuato Mexico
    Dates
    1969
    printed 1998
    Media category
    Photograph
    Materials used
    type C photograph
    Edition
    1/7
    Dimensions
    24.8 x 36.6 cm image; 30.8 x 40.7 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Signed l.r., black fibre-tipped pen "Tucker". Not dated.

    Credit
    Gift of Gil Docking 2003
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    404.2003
    Copyright
    © Albert & Barbara Tucker Foundation. Courtesy of Smith & Singer Fine Art

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    Albert Tucker's photographs now reside in the collections of the National Library of Australia and Museum of Modern Art at Heide. Resurrected in the latter part of his life, Tucker's photographs have lead him to be called an 'accidental historian' particularly because of his documenting of fellow artists in Melbourne in the 1940s.

    Tucker bought his first camera in 1939 in order to document his paintings. However he went on to photograph people and places with great enthusiasm all the while acknowledging that his interests were primarily sentimental. Tucker never saw himself as a photographer but used the images as aids for his painting. He was undoubtedly drawn to certain subjects, such as the 'Mummified Bodies...' (taken in 1969 when he was exhibiting in Mexico City) because distortion of the human form was of interest to him.

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