The Countess of Castiglione, 2005
The Countess of Castiglione, 1860
I am currently designing a catalog for an exhibtion at Steven Kasher gallery, entitled Inspired, curated by Beth Rudin DeWoody. This photo is my favorite so far, Len Prince & Jessie Mann's 2005 interpretation of Pierre-Louis Pierson's The Countess of Castiglione, c. 1860.
The Countess, Virginia Oldoini, was a visionary. Like most women in court, she had portraits taken. However, she became a bit obsessed and thought of it more as an artistic performance, a play she set the stage for. She directed the shoots with Pierre-Louis in which she re-created imporatnt scenes of her life; experimenting with props and fulfilling her own fantasy of the female gaze through the act of photography. 700 different photographs were created.
Maybe Lady Gaga should be taking more photos of herself and not making music?
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