|This webpage was used for a lecture in my Mixed Media
class, so it's not really an essay per se, its more lecture notes with general information
and timeline. I haven't cleared the rights to any of these reproductions so feel free to
use them in an academic environment. Also be reminded this page was originally created in
1997 and many things could have happen since then.
As a photographer I have often struggled to pull my images out and into three dimensions. I admire the Starn Brothers for their innovative and highly successful experiments in photographic sculpture. When I was working on my Urban Legends series the Starn brothers' work was never far from my mind.
1961, college-, grad school-, Boston based.
2 in 1- the twins work as if they were 1 person (note self portrait) .
post modernism- non binary (working out side the meta narrative of
The twins "destroy" they negatives and paper (note those)
Again they are working out side of photography's meta narrative.
Now the twins have been focusing their energies making sculptural photographs.
Again they are working with postmodern ideas, by making the
traditional medium of photography into 3 dimensions.
Of course the twins talk about all sorts of other things in their work.
Controlled Chaos- more recent works
The Starn Twins are moving and shaking the art establishment right now and they seem to have a bright future ahead of them.
Short films- taped together and "aged"
Barthes, Roland. Roland Barthes on Photography. Gainesville, FL. University Press of Florida
Gilbert, Rita. Living with Art..New York, NY. McGraw-Hill.1992.
Hunter, Sam. Modern Art. New York, NY. Prentice Hall. 1992.
Rosenblum, Naomi. A World History of Photography. New York, NY. Abbeville Press. 1997.
(C) 1997 Sarah Wichlacz