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Known for her unconventional approach to portrait photography, most notably her classic
trilogy
The Sleepers ,
The Travelers , and
The Narcissists , Elizabeth Heyert again assumes her
role as observer and voyeur in her latest book,
The Outsider , photographed during four trips
to China. Fascinated by the rituals of Chinese amateur photographers, who seem to shoot
incessantly, often with family members looking on and directing, and with an intimacy with
their environment that borders on stagecraft, Heyert embarked on a project to photograph
the Chinese taking photographs of each other. Unable to speak their language, she worked,
in her words "like an unseen ghost wandering around with a vintage Leica and Tri-X in a
country where film is no longer even sold". Few Chinese possess family photographs from
the past, as so much was destroyed during the Cultural Revolution, which may explain
the intensity of the photography she witnessed. She calls the project
The Outsider
because,
as a Westerner in the East, and a stranger in a foreign culture searching for authenticity,
she allowed herself to be a spectator to the photographer/subject relationship. These are
portraits of the Chinese, by the Chinese, scrupulously observed by Heyert, a dedicated
witness to the birth of a new collective visual memory.

Elizabeth Heyert - the outsider - Elizabeth Heyert

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Title
Elizabeth Heyert - the outsider
Author
Elizabeth Heyert
format
Hardback
Publisher
Damiani
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20171005

Known for her unconventional approach to portrait photography, most notably her classic
trilogy
The Sleepers ,
The Travelers , and
The Narcissists , Elizabeth Heyert again assumes her
role as observer and voyeur in her latest book,
The Outsider , photographed during four trips
to China. Fascinated by the rituals of Chinese amateur photographers, who seem to shoot
incessantly, often with family members looking on and directing, and with an intimacy with
their environment that borders on stagecraft, Heyert embarked on a project to photograph
the Chinese taking photographs of each other. Unable to speak their language, she worked,
in her words "like an unseen ghost wandering around with a vintage Leica and Tri-X in a
country where film is no longer even sold". Few Chinese possess family photographs from
the past, as so much was destroyed during the Cultural Revolution, which may explain
the intensity of the photography she witnessed. She calls the project
The Outsider
because,
as a Westerner in the East, and a stranger in a foreign culture searching for authenticity,
she allowed herself to be a spectator to the photographer/subject relationship. These are
portraits of the Chinese, by the Chinese, scrupulously observed by Heyert, a dedicated
witness to the birth of a new collective visual memory.

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Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Portrait photography - China.|Chinese - Pictorial works.
Country of Publication
Italy
Number of Pages
96

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