Book on Baden photography

two bodiesFine Arts Assistant Professor of the Practice Karl Baden has published Work from Two Bodies, a book of photography that reproduces 43 images from two of his projects: Cliché-Verre and Shadow Pictures, 1983-84, and Sex, Death and the History of Photography, 1988-89. Both these series were produced before the age of Photoshop, when Baden’s working methods involved photo-manipulation and montage. Utilizing ‘wet darkroom’ multiple printing techniques and drawing on the negative itself, Cliché-Verre and Shadow Pictures explores photographic space, semiotics and the visual doppelgänger, or double. Sex, Death and the History of Photography references clichés in the history of the medium through conflict and gender-based stereotypes. Work from Two Bodies also includes a wide-ranging interview with Baden, concerning the contextual, technical and psychological aspects of his imagery.

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