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Philip-Lorca diCorcia

“Using a carefully planned staging, he takes everyday occurrences beyond the realm of banality, trying to inspire in his picture’s spectators an awareness of the psychology and emotion contained in real-life situations.”

“During the late 1970s, during diCorcia’s early career, he used to situate his friends and family within fictional interior tableaus, that would make the viewer think that the pictures were spontaneous shots of someone’s everyday life, when they were in fact carefully staged and planned in beforehand.”

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Gregory Crewsdon

A very ‘obvious’ photographer to look at for staged situations, and much more dramatic/cinematic than what I aim to take my work – but I’m looking for inspiration for the aesthetics of staged shoots and something that strikes me with Crewsdon’s work is the apparent engrossment in the situation.

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Susan Copich


‘I dwell in the dark thoughts and recesses of my mind to create character and subject, in order to project them into a frozen moment of time, allowing the story to continue to unfold bilaterally for the viewer,’

‘I feel a certain freedom to live vicariously through these characters to engage, seek to navigate (and, no less, avoid), both my own personal imperatives as woman, artist, mother, and wife, as well as those – personal, social and cultural – that are imposed on me by others.’

‘While many of the images draw on Susan’s personal thoughts and feelings, a number also highlight current issues and problems within society. For example, ‘Toy’ features three young girls playing with a handgun, an image which Susan says is a comment on the ease with which young people are able to access weapons.’

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