Rory Carnegie, in collaboration with Fusion Arts, presented the exhibition Autoportraits 1992-1996.
ABOUT THIS EXHIBIT
This work is a continuation of a project that Carnegie started in 1982. He would approach people throughout the country, and ask them to take a photograph of themselves using along cable release. He explained that he was interested in the making of a portrait and where the authority resided in that process, and in the nature of power in human relationships. Carnegie would focus the camera, correct the exposure, and would then stand away from the tripod and leave the ‘sitter’ to choose how he or she wanted to be photographed and when.‘For Rory, the portrait photograph is a metaphor for power; the way that authority ebbs and flows between the photographer, the sitter and then then the viewer. He set out to disruptthis relationship by ‘getting as far away from the camera as possible’ and divesting himself of the authority or authorshipof the portrait.Rory was interested in the process. Would he actually be capable of relinquishing control? And if he were, would the sitters then drop the mask that people usually put on when they are being photographed? Would he get the ‘truest portrait’ of someone by removing himself from the equation?’ Maria Falconer. AP Magazine.
Find out more about Rory and his work:
Autoportraits is an Exhibition of work by Rory Carnegie in partnership with Fusion Arts and Photo Oxford.
Alongside this exhibition of Rory's work at Fusion Arts space in Oxford City Centre, will be the creation of a new archive, made by people in Temple Cowley, Oxford.
The photographers/sitters will produce a new body of Studio Autoportraits in a collaborative project with Fusion Arts.
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