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Man without Legs, New York City

Man without Legs, New York City

1984

Joel-Peter Witkin

(American, 1939-)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 36.6 x 37.9 cm (14 7/16 x 14 15/16 in.); Paper: 50.4 x 40.6 cm (19 13/16 x 16 in.); Matted: 50.8 x 61 cm (20 x 24 in.)

Gift of Museum members in 1989 1989.471

Impression: 3

Description

For almost four decades, Witkin has staged and photographed bizarre scenes, often incorporating people with physical deformities and severed limbs. Referring to art history and classical mythology, he manipulates his prints to create the rich surface quality usually acquired through age. Although Witkin’s photographs focus on disenfranchised members of society, they also reveal the humanity
of his subjects.
Gift of museum members 1989.471

See also
Department: 
Photography
Type of artwork: 
Photograph

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