PHO­TOG­RA­PHY AB­SENCE OF SUB­JECT

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - LISTINGS -

When the Mona Lisa was stolen early in the 20th century, more people turned up to look at the empty space than had come to see the paint­ing. People are fas­ci­nated by ab­sence, and New York pho­tog­ra­pher Michael So­mo­roff takes that fas­ci­na­tion as his start­ing point in Ab­sence of Sub­ject. He takes Au­gust Sander’s cel­e­brated por­trait pho­to­graphs (right) and dig­i­tally re­moves the sub­ject, show­ing the orig­i­nals side-by -side with the – oddly haunted – empty set­tings. Sir­ius Arts Cen­tre, Cobh, Co Cork. Un­til Jun 1. sir­iusarts­cen­tre.ie

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