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Sue Ford

(Australia 1943 – 06 Nov 2009)

Self-portrait with camera (1960-2006)

Location
Not on display
Further information

‘I regard the photograph as a visual documentation of time and change.’ – Sue Ford 1974

Self portrait with camera (1960-2006) 2008 is a unique self-portrait comprising 47 photographs taken by Ford over her adult life. The series is made up of various print types from gelatin silver to Polaroid. In keeping with the concerns of her previous work the series explores the relationship between photography and time, drawing particular attention to the camera’s ability to record and in doing so allowing us to ‘see’ time.

Self-portrait with camera tracks Ford’s interaction with the still and moving camera. In part because the camera as an active tool is often as front and centre as Ford’s face, there is a particular dynamism at work between apparatus, subject (Ford) and viewer, and from one photograph to the next. The 47 pictures progress across the wall with the emphasis on that dynamism and, equally, how time knits things together and then unravels, dissolving at the last into thin air. This is a dispassionate examination of the artist’s life and work, with friends and family often entering the frame. Mirrors and reflections abound, some remarkable in their complexity, but as with all of Ford’s work there are no particular references to external or historical parallels. The plainness of the work provides its logic.

Year
2008
Media
Photograph
Medium
47 photographs (gelatin silver photographs, Polaroid, type C photographs, dye diffusion photographs), framed
Dimensions
dimensions range from 9 x 9 cm to 23 x 28 cm :
a - Self-portrait 1960, 15.3 x 24 cm
b - Self-portrait 1961, 26 x 19.9 cm
c - Self-portrait 1962, 20 x 19 cm
d - Self-portrait 1963, 20 x 20 cm
e - Self-portrait 1965, 21.5 x 24 cm
f - Self-portrait 1968, 22.8 x 24 cm
g - Self-portrait 1968, 19.9 x 23.9 cm
h - Self-portrait 1969, 18 x 26 cm
i - Self-portrait 1969, 18 x 25.9 cm
j - Self-portrait 1971, 23 x 18.3 cm
k - Self-portrait 1972, 19.9 x 18 cm
l - Self-portrait 1974, 19.9 x 18 cm
m - Self-portrait 1976, 24 x 18 cm
n - Self-portrait 1976, 23.2 x 27.9 cm
o - Self-portrait 1977, 21.6 x 19.2 cm
p - Self-portrait 1978, 17.5 x 25.9 cm
q - Self-portrait 1978, 19.9 x 22.8 cm
r - Self-portrait 1978, 19.9 x 24.1 cm
s - Self-portrait 1978, 12.5 x 6 cm
t - Self-portrait 1979, 6.8 x 9.1 cm
u - Self-portrait 1979, 6.2 x 5 cm
v - Self-portrait 1979, 17.8 x 24 cm
w - Self-portrait 1980, 7.9 x 7 cm
x - Self-portrait 1980, 6.8 x 5 cm
y - Self-portrait 1981, 15.2 x 10.2 cm
z - Self-portrait 1981, 20 x 24 cm
aa - Self-portrait 1982, 11.5 x 19.6 cm
bb - Self-portrait 1982, 6.8 x 9.1 cm
cc - Self-portrait 1982, 20 x 20 cm
dd - Self-portrait 1983, 9.9 x 6.8 cm
ee - Self-portrait 1983, 20.6 x 25.9 cm
ff - Self-portrait 1984, 24 x 18 cm
gg - Self-portrait 1984, 13 x 23.9 cm
hh - Self-portrait 1986, 9.1 x 6.8 cm
ii - Self-portrait 1986, 8.4 x 6.5 cm
jj - Self-portrait 1988, 20 x 21.9 cm
kk - Self-portrait 1989, 20 x 20 cm
ll - Self-portrait 1990, 20 x 24 cm
mm - Self-portrait 1991, 7.3 x 9.1 cm
nn - Self-portrait 1991, 20 x 28 cm
oo - Self-portrait 1993, 11 x 15 cm
pp - Self-portrait 2003, 15.1 x 23.9 cm
qq - Self-portrait 2003, 9.3 x 9.3 cm
rr - Self-portrait 2004, 26 x 17.8 cm
ss - Self-portrait 2004, 20 x 20 cm
tt - Self-portrait 2004, 20 x 28 cm
uu - Self-portrait 2006, 20 x 26.5 cm
Credit
Purchased with funds provided by the Paul & Valeria Ainsworth Charitable Foundation, Russell Mills, Mary Ann Rolfe, the Photography Collection Benefactors and the Photography Endowment Fund 2015
Accession number
1.2015.a-uu
Copyright
© Sue Ford Archive