Artist and Her Model.
Photographs by Elina Brotherus. Text by Susan Bright & Timo Kelaranta.
Le Caillou Bleu, 2012. 224 pp., 135 illustrations, 10x8¼".
'Brotherus emphasis has shifted over the years from a diaristic
documentary strategy to larger philosophical questions of life and art.
Her deep understanding of art history has a paradoxical effect in that
you consider her as a person but also a model. In her photographs there
is a closeness you feel to her but also a cool conceptual distance. This
complicates viewing the work in terms of self- portraiture, landscape or
a diary, and so photographs that can often appear quiet and
straightforward on first encounter become denser and laden with
histories as you spend time with them. The 'backstories'
which lie behind the beautiful, lush compositions are exacerbated as she
reaches that somewhat terrifying 'mid career' point and looks back on
her life as an artist.' Susan Bright
Read Colin Pantall's review of Artist and Her Model on photo-eye Blog.