Composing Dwarfism: Reframing Short Stature in Contemporary Photography

Cachia, Amanda
Journal Title
Journal ISSN
Volume Title
University of Hawaii at Manoa -- Center on Disability Studies
This paper will explore the work of two contemporary dwarf photographers, Ricardo Gil and Laura Swanson, who use different conceptual and technical methods to re-frame the figure of the dwarf subject. The dwarf has often been a marginalized subject in the history of photography, so I am interested in exploring how the strategies that Gil and Swanson employ might resist reductive meanings, and offer alternative readings to the dwarf beyond the oppositional gaze. The articulation of these methods will be prefaced by a focused discussion of dwarf depictions in the history of photography based on the intentions of the photographer, so that the work of several photographers might be powerfully juxtaposed with the radical counter-strategies that Gil and Swanson utilize.
art history, Ricardo Gil, Laura Swanson
Cachia, A. (2014). Composing Dwarfism: Reframing Short Stature in Contemporary Photography. Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal, 10(3 & 4).
Access Rights
Email if you need this content in ADA-compliant format.