Oh my lord
Rehearsal at the Bolshoi
Photograph by Misha Friedman.
frozen food by Irving Penn 1977.
Tomoko Sawada’s ID400 (1998) was produced while she was a university student and living in Kobe. “The photo machine, a small vending machine-like contraption, can be found in numerous locations around the city.” Sawada spent weeks changing her physical appearance with make-up, clothing, and hairstyles, creating 400 different identities using a machine whose sole purpose is to produce stable images for official documents. The facial characteristics are so varied that the photographic project becomes a compelling study of physiognomy.
Going to see this in Montreal this week as part of le Mois de la Photo. Great that this is happening in the photobooth capital of the world… but that is slowly losing all of its film photobooths.
I’m comin’ out of my cage and I’ve been doing just fine
Romaine Brooks - Peter (A Young English Girl), 1923-1924