The exhibition contained a broad range of her work including shots from Immediate Family all the way to her recent self portraits and work in a forensic study centre in Tennesse where she photographed bodies in various stages of decay. Possibly the most interesting part was a documentary playing shot during her time taking the forensic photographs and trying (and failing) to get them shown in a gallery in New York. It was a touching look at her life, surrounding friends and family and her whole photographic process. She is also doing a series with her husband Larry who she met as a young woman (19 versus his 22). He suffers from a rare incurable form of muscular dystrophy which sees his muscles wasting away.
She uses a technique from the 1800s. A collodion wet plate which creates a large-format negative image on glass, not film. She shoots with antique view cameras from the early 1900s, the kind where you duck under a cloth to take the picture. They are carried on massive wooden tripod legs and a long brass lens held together with tape. I can't even begin to understand how to use one when I'm so used to digital, but the process of developing the negative is fascinating. Below are a few of my favourite pictures that really captured my attention. Funnily enough they are all from Immediate Family and I think I will have to get a copy of the book to have a proper look and read all the captions in full. My absolute stand out favourite is Jessie Bites. I love the bitemark on the adult arm, the war paint and the expression on Jessie's face. She looks like a little warrior Queen just after a successful battle.
Emmet's Blood Nose