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Incognito: The Hidden Self-Portrait

Photographers reveal themselves in shadows, reflections and silhouettes for subliminal self portraits

by Roman Espejo in Culture on 06 August 2010


Experimenting with indirect ways to reveal themselves in the eye of the camera, the artists currently on display in "Incognito: The Hidden Self-Portrait" at NYC's Yancey Richardson Gallery play with shadows, reflections and silhouettes for a subliminal self portrait like Lisa Kereszi's above.

The images range from the autobiographical to the conceptual, with each artist conveying their own perception of themselves in a different way. Juxtaposition of man and beast, Finnish artist Esko Männikko catches his reflection in the dark pool of a horse's eye in "Untitled," from the series "Harmony Sisters," while photographer Kenneth Josephson casts his shadow over his infant son in "Matthew," conveying the parental bonds of care and protection. The artist as chameleon, Rachel Perry Welty disappears into her surroundings in "Lost in My Life." In "Me and My Camera," Cuban-born photographer Abelardo Morell captures his own blurred image in a viewfinder for a snapshot of self-reflexivity.

"Incognito" is on view through 27 August 2010. View selected works from the show in the gallery below.


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