The apparent candor of Barney’s photographs belies the labor of their creation. In fact, the artist carefully poses her prosperous northeastern subjects in poses that hint at hidden psychological narratives. By producing her photographs on a monumental scale, and by leaving the film hanger dots visible in the left and right margins, Barney subtly disrupts the illusion of her views, revealing the artifice of their creation.
Tina Barney photographs her family and close friends, prosperous residents of New England, illustrating their lifestyles and probing their relationships. Barney’s photographs, partly spontaneous but mostly staged, at once capture intimate moments and hint at dysfunction. In this photograph, three young men, dressed alike in khakis and blazers, look simultaneously at ease and uncomfortable, even disturbed, in the foyer of a house. Additional foreboding details—an open door at center and a pair of clasped hands in the lower left corner—further suggest, but do not illuminate, a discernible narrative.
doors; figures; interiors; men
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