Andrea S. Rodriguez Matos ARH 4713 – History of Photography 1945 Joel-Peter Witkin (Jewish - American, b. 1939)
Andrea S. Rodriguez Matos ARH 4713 – History of Photography 1945 Joel-Peter Witkin's dark imagination is fueled by art history—including Courbet, Seurat, Caravaggio, and Dali—which he quotes in his photographic tableaux. Witkin also makes pointed references to the history of photography by including fragments of familiar images like Etienne Jules Marey's nineteenth century motion studies. His images are inhabited by social outcasts, including dwarves, hermaphrodites, people with unusual physical capabilities or deformities, and mutilated corpse and amputated body parts from the dead, obtained from medical schools, insane asylums and morgues. The resulting photographs are simultaneously hauntingly beautiful and grotesque. 1 Witkin bought his first camera in the mid-1950s and taught himself the fundamentals of camera use. Even his first photographs were unusual, depicting the many unsettling experiences of his childhood. His very first photograph portrayed a rabbi who claimed to have spoken to God. At
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