HANNAH STARKEY Photographs 1997–2017

Like modern-day genre paintings, Starkey’s images are driven by familiar narratives. But, ones that play on the visual languages of diverse photographic genres. These include diaristic, street, documentary, cinematic, fine art, and fashion. All subtly probe the ways that women are represented in popular culture. As Starkey has said, “I really think that visual culture is the last battleground for women’s equality and freedom”.

The photos in this book are from her early staged photographs made in Belfast to her recent documentation of the 2017 Women’s March in London. This catalogue raisonné charts two decades of Starkey’s influential image-making. It also serves as a significant touchstone for discussions on the female gaze. The book includes a biographical essay by the curator and writer Charlotte Cotton. Alongside a candid conversation between the artist and the editor and writer Liz Jobey.

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HANNAH STARKEY Photographs 1997–2017

HANNAH STARKEY Photographs 1997–2017. Since the mid-1990s, the Northern Irish photographer Hannah Starkey has dedicated her work to women and the ways in which photography has shaped ideas about what it means to be female. Known for her cinematic mise-en-scenes, Starkey constructs portraits of women of different generations. These are often situated in everyday urban contexts. Proffering the view of the flâneuse – a female counterpoint to the artistic tradition of the male flâneur – Starkey’s images reveal moments of private reflection, alienation, or social interaction that might otherwise go unseen. Such as, a woman fleetingly fascinated by another woman’s reflection, or the attentive gaze of a mother carrying her child.

Like modern-day genre paintings, Starkey’s images are driven by familiar narratives. But, ones that play on the visual languages of diverse photographic genres. These include diaristic, street, documentary, cinematic, fine art, and fashion. All subtly probe the ways that women are represented in popular culture. As Starkey has said, “I really think that visual culture is the last battleground for women’s equality and freedom”. The photos in this book are from her early staged photographs made in Belfast to her recent documentation of the 2017 Women’s March in London. This catalogue raisonné charts two decades of Starkey’s influential image-making. It also serves as a significant touchstone for discussions on the female gaze. The book includes a biographical essay by the curator and writer Charlotte Cotton. Alongside a candid conversation between the artist and the editor and writer Liz Jobey.

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Publisher

Mack Books

Publication Size

25.5 cm x 27.5 cm

Pages

184 pages

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