Double Exposures and Modernism

  • 11 January 2016


The third film of our Look First series Deakin: Double Exposures, titled ‘Double Exposures and Modernism’ was released on Friday. This feature consists of five films made by James Boaden, Lecturer in History of Art at the University of York, filmmaker, researcher and lecturer Jonathan Law, and James Moores Collection archivist and researcher Paul Rousseau, which are being released bi-weekly. This central film explores John Deakin’s artistic development from the 1930s into the war years, contextualizing his work within a broader framework of 20th century Modernism. Presenting new research from the Tate Gallery Archives that connects Deakin to British photographer Barbara Ker-Seymer, it includes the discovery of an early double exposure that could have been taken by either photographer. Paul Rousseau and James Boaden take account of the surrealist elements of the double exposures, exploring connections to Francis Bacon’s Man in Blue series; and Jonathan Law presents Deakin’s double exposure portraits alongside a rich seam of others by artists including Degas, Duchamp and Picasso, positioning the time-based multiple planes within these photographs alongside the generation of cubism.

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