PHOTOGRAPHS

BRUCE CHARLESWORTH

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S E R U M

This series includes images of ingestion, drugs and mutation – among other things. Several of the subjects are inanimate objects treated as if they contain potential life.

C O N F I S C A T E D   O B J E C T S

A short series on things presumably found at border crossings, security gates, police raids, concert venues and airports. 

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D E A T H - R A Y

This series includes photographs done during the four-year production of Charlesworth's feature film, Private Enemy - Public Eye. Many of these images were shot on sets built for the film or used some of its props, costumes and backdrops.

M A N   A N D   N A T U R E

Man and Nature took the concept of fabricated landscape further than in previous projects. The images in this series alternate between vistas seen at extreme distances and larger-than-life close-ups, touching both on the uncontrollable power of nature and interior landscapes implied by close inspection of human faces.

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F A T E

The imagery of Fate invites a wider narrative interpretation than Trouble. As in the previous series, scenarios are isolated from each other, photograph-to-photograph. The man in the black suit is as much a perpetrator as a victim of circumstance

T R O U B L E

This series of photographs abandons the linear narrative of the previous photo-novellas. The connection between images comes from their visual style and situational equivalency, and from the near-constant character in the black suit.

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S P E C I A L   C O M M U N I Q U É S

Special Communiqués is a photo-novella made up of text and 38 images shot on Polaroid SX-70 film. Its story centers on a prisoner and his strange daily life.

E D D I E   G L O V E

This fifty-image photo-novella was produced between 1976-79. A defining early work, Eddie Glove resembles a film in its serialized parade of absurd, iconic scenes.

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Copyright © Bruce Charlesworth

M A N I P U L A T E D   P O L A R O I  D S

Sometimes referred to as Domestic Scenes, these works were made during the same years as the black-and-white photo-novella, Eddie Glove. Shot with a Polaroid SX-70, most involved replacing parts of the emulsion with acrylic paint and collage.