Sandy Skoglund

Sandy Skoglund, Revenge of the Goldfish, 1981, cibachrome print, 27 7/8 in. x 35 1/2 in., Museum Acquisition Fund

Carrie Mae Weems

Carrie Mae Weems, Untitled from the Kitchen Table Series (Woman with friends), 1990, three gelatin silver prints, 27 1/4 in. x 27 1/4 in., Knight Purchase Fund for Photographic Media

Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman, Untitled, 1985, chromogenic print, 14 in. x 14 in., Gift of Mitchell D. Kahan in memory of Louis S. Myers

Benjamin J. Falk

Benjamin J. Falk, Fortescue as "Well fed Dora," c. 1884, gelatin silver print, 5 3/4 in. x 4 in., Gift of Barbara Tannenbaum

Spencer Tunick

Spencer Tunick, Angel Meadow, 2010, chromogenic print, 40 x 60 in., Gift of the artist in honor of Mitchell D. Kahan

Staged - Hediger

Cornelia Hediger
09.24.05 from the Doppelgänger series, 2007
Chromogenic prints, 12 ¾ x 11 ¾ in. overall
Collection of Evan Mirapaul

Staged: Samuel Fosso

Samuel Fosso
Self-Portrait, 1977 (printed 2006)

Gelatin silver print
20 in. x 20 in. (50.8 cm x 50.8 cm)
Knight Purchase Fund for Photographic Media 


May 2, 2015 - September 27, 2015
Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Gallery

Just as theater directors orchestrate the stage, many photographers carefully construct scenes in front of their cameras. The resulting images are often as theatrical in their presentation as a Broadway play or a Hollywood film. Drawn primarily from the Akron Art Museum collection, Staged highlights the work of artists whose directorial involvement in the set-up of their photographs is essential to their practice. While some photographers utilize darkroom or digital manipulation to achieve their desired effects, others have planned every detail of their chosen environment prior to the snap of the shutter. Without using any digital technology throughout her arduous process, Sandy Skoglund captures dreamlike scenes with deeply saturated color palettes. To create Revenge of the Goldfish, Skoglund built a blue set in front of a large format camera, crafted and arranged 120 painted terracotta goldfish and directed live human models. The staged photographs of Skoglund, Cindy Sherman, Spencer Tunick, Carrie Mae Weems and others bring imagined scenes and narratives to life, often speaking to broader truths about the human experience.

This exhibition is organized by the Akron Art Museum and generously supported by the PNC Foundation.

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Related Links:

[ Roger Durbin, "Staged Photograph Exhibition is Showy and Thoughtful Fare" ] [ Anderson Turner, "Photographers stage images to tell stories, push buttons" ] [ Claudia Berlinski, "Hypnotic Photographs Shine in the Spotlight" ]