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The visitors

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Title: The visitors
Authors: Curtis, Elizabeth Rose
Issue Date: Dec 2011
Publisher: [Honolulu] : [University of Hawaii at Manoa], [December 2011]
Abstract: The Visitors is a year-long photography project executed on the island of Oahu between February 2010 and February 2011. During this time. I photographed willing visitors to the Honolulu Academy of Arts, Waimea Bay Beach Park, and the Battleship Missouri Memorial. While subjects were dressed in their contemporary street clothes, I asked them to pose in reference to the formal 19th century portraits that were common at photography's popular inception, causing their images to vacillate between past and present, humor and sincerity, and a variety of photographic genres (family snapshot, ethnographic photograph, and formal studio portrait, for example). Over the course of the project, I made portraits of over 220 groups or individuals, which I then edited down to the 27 images (9 from each location) that I displayed in the final exhibition (plates I & II).
I have divided this paper up into sections which allow me to specifically address the various aspects of identity construction and preservation that are apparent in the photographs of The Visitors series. I will first discuss my process and the insights that I gained through evaluating interactions between my portrait work and historical photographic portraiture. I will discuss the role that the work of 19th century photographer Julia Margaret Cameron played as my initial source of inspiration for The Visitors. I will explain how I have created meaning in this body of work through the mixing of photographic genres. I will discuss some contemporary implications of my portraiture as pertaining to its role in identity formation and preservation/perpetuation. Finally, I will examine the roles that the places where I photographed visitors have played in the human story as sites of preservation and identity construction.
Description: M.F.A. University of Hawaii at Manoa 2011.
Includes bibliographical references.
Appears in Collections:M.F.A. - Art

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