In the same way that Cindy Sherman would take ‘self’-portraits dressed up in many guises from housewife to B-movie actress the new show at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York is displaying a collection of work done in that theme entitled “Photography and the Self: The Legacy of F. Holland Day”. Day’s 1898 work The Seven Last Words of Christ is a central piece and is shown along with work from 14 other more recent photographers. One of which is Lyle Ashton Harris who can be seen as Billie Holiday to the right in Billie #21. For full NY Times review of the show read article here.
Redefining the self-portrait
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