Sunday, July 12, 2009

The Getty Gets into Focus

The images in this exhibition are inspired by literature, art history, religion and mainstream media. Represented are living pictures inspired by the popular Victorian parlor games where people dressed in costumes, posing to resemble famous works of art. Self portraits of artists impersonating others are featured. Darkroom trickery is used to manipulate prints.

Photography has been used to produced fiction since it's introduction in 1839. Staging has been an artistic approach, depending greatly on the genre and historical moment. This exhibition draws exclusively from the J. Paul Getty Museum collection. Truth not be told as we witness the productions of directors and actors and they create stories through photography. One of the best things about The Getty is that the exhibition is free. Pack a picnic and enjoy this take on the history of storytelling. In Focus: Making a Scene is open through October 18th, 2009.
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