The Photography of Laurence Demaison


Demaison’s work consists solely of photos of herself (we hesitate to use the term “self-portrait” since the artist rejects this categorization and we’re inclined to agree with this decision). Truly, the distortion and dissimulation of her bodily form that we see in her work discards the standard formulas for most self-portraits. Her work brings to mind the somewhat morbid playfulness of Man Ray, the multiple perspectives of Cubism and the distortions of Kertesz (credit to Jim Casper for those appropriate comparisons).

All of her photos are black-and-white and shot with a Contax 645. She does not use digital manipulation and uses only real film, which she develops herself, relying on chemical inversion of the film to achieve the unique effects of the finished photos.

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