Being both an artist and a professional photographer is a conflicted mix. Art, for the last 30 years at least, has been very busy problematising the self assumed legitimacy of most forms of conventional photography. In my experience, this is especially true for the portrait. So making a series of artist portraits for Parramatta Artist Studios was for me an ambivalent and challenging experience. What side of the argument should I take? How to make a straight photograph of a contemporary artist without feeling foolish? Surprisingly though, the process was liberating and being placed in a position from which I couldn’t win meant that I might as well play a bit.
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