Claiming the Gaze, 1991–1993
Silver gelatin prints, 75″ x 32″
Claiming the Gaze was the first deliberate “gender piece” from the early ’90s. I tried to subvert the ways in which women are photographed in advertising and public media. The strategy I countered with was to photograph women straight on, full figure, life-sized, and unsmiling. These are not really portraits; they are about assuming the unfamiliar and unaccommodating pose of female command.