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Posed or Not?

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One could argue that most photographs are staged. Portrait photographs are certainly performed or even manipulated by both photographer and subject. Indeed, from the very beginnings of the medium photographers have shot artificially constructed scenes created only for the purpose of taking a picture.

“Staged, Performed, Manipulated” presents photographs—drawn exclusively from the permanent collection and dating mostly from the early 1990s to mid-2000s—that engage these aspects of photography conceptually, addressing issues related to gender, identity, the photographic apparatus, the gaze, and more.

The exhibition includes work by Gregory Crewdson, Carrie Mae Weems, Renée Cox, Katy Grannan, Justine Kurland, Nikki S. Lee, Meghan Boody, Anneè Olofsson, Yasumasa Morimura, James Casebere, David Levinthal, Kate O’Donovan Cook, Anthony Goicolea, and Barbara Probst.

Additionally, photographer David Levinthal will be speaking on February 19, 5:15 PM in conjunction with the exhibition.

For more info, please visit Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art

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