We acknowledge the Gadigal of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of the Country on which the Art Gallery of NSW stands.

Title

Sue Pike

1963
printed 1988

Artist

Sue Ford

Australia

1943 - 06 Nov 2009

  • Details

    Dates
    1963
    printed 1988
    Media category
    Photograph
    Materials used
    gelatin silver photograph
    Dimensions
    34.2 x 34.2 cm image; 50.4 x 40.5 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Gift of Tim Storrier 1989
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    82.1989
    Copyright
    © Sue Ford Archive

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Sue Ford

    Works in the collection

    14

    Share
  • About

    ‘My earliest “studio portraits” … were of my friends from school … These photo sessions were approached with a ceremonial seriousness, My friends usually brought different clothes with them and during the sessions we would change clothes and hairstyles.’ Sue Ford 1987 1

    Sue Ford took the majority of her photographs at this time with the camera set on a 1/60th of a second at f/11, a ‘recipe’ she wrote which had more chance of success. Poetic, fragmentary text relating to Ford’s 1961 photo-essay in ‘A sixtieth of a second: portraits of women 1961–1981’ identify the young women’s recipe for flirtatious endeavour – ‘gossamer hairspray’, ‘peroxide’, ‘plucked eyebrows’, ‘big hair rollers to achieve “La Bouffant”’, ‘Saturday nite’ and ‘Jive’. ‘Sue Pike’ exemplifies the era of girls preparing for a night out with the boys in their ‘FJ Holdens and Hot Rods’. Staged in the kitchen, probably on a Saturday afternoon, Sue Pike, in a padded brunch coat with hair in rollers plugged into a portable hair dryer, will be a part of the action, the gossip and camaraderie. A further portrait taken in the same year shows Sue Pike metamorphosed as a beautiful bride, carefully coifed ash blonde hair under a white net veil, eyes momentarily shut, traditionally decorated with pearls and posy. Ford suggests in her prose and portraits that there are choices to be made – ‘marriage and children’ or mini-skirts and the Pill, as her old school friends go in different directions.

    1. Ford S 1987, ‘A sixtieth of a second: portraits of women 1961–1981’, Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide p 4

    © Art Gallery of New South Wales Photography Collection Handbook, 2007

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

Other works by Sue Ford

See more works