8 Women – Collier Schorr

Collier Schorr

8 Women


£40 / 72pp

April 2014

ISBN: 9781907946424

Collier Schorr’s 8 Women is a reflective appropriation of past works. As one of a select band of photographers to successfully traverse both fashion and art worlds, Schorr has selected these images from a 20-year archive and recycled them here in various new guises. Colour advertising shots are displayed cropped, enlarged, and later repeated, allowing the viewer to examine the physical structure of the print itself. We see a mixture of monochrome and colour, installation-esque photos of prints, and potent collage intersections of both the male and female form by which Burroughs himself would no doubt have been intrigued. One particular image of two rolled up prints acts as a self-contained diptych, with naked limbs splintering across the panes. Both the first and last faces that we see in the book are highly androgynous, and throughout the journey we are presented with a photographer who very much understands the finely nuanced dynamics at play between herself and her sitters. Interested in exploring notions of female desire and its position within a wider, post-feminist society, Schorr shows us a complex and multi-layered female gaze that is rarely seen within the larger photographic domain.

Reviewed by James D. Clark
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