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Domestic Vacations.

Photographs by Julie Blackmon. Essay by Regina Hackett. Interview by Alison Nordstrom.
Radius Books, Santa Fe, 2008. 96 pp., 40 color illustrations, 11x11".



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The Dutch saying, “a Jan Steen household,” originated in the seventeenth century and has come to refer to a home in disarray, full of rowdy children and boisterous family gatherings. The paintings of Steen, along with those of other Dutch and Flemish genre painters, are the direct inspiration behind the layered domestic scenes of Julie Blackmon’s photographic work. Raised as the oldest of nine children, and the mother of three herself, Blackmon takes an approach to her work that is at once autobiographical and fictional. According to Anne Wilkes Tucker of The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Blackmon has “taken a subject that is ripe for cliché—mother photographing children— and through the subtle, digital manipulations, the use of color and highly graphic images, she’s given it humor and edge and taken the subject somewhere fresh.

Julie Blackmon is represented by photo-eye Gallery. See her work here.


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