Jeff Harp

23 04 2011

Jeff Harp loves to play with old Edwardian photos. Especially faces. The pictures remind me of the old freak shows that they used to show at carnivals. It makes us harken back to old fairy tales and the fears of children. Goblins, witches, and ghouls. There was both horror and romance in these tales. But underlying all of it was a sort of primeval fear of the ‘different’.

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I have done many pieces based on the human face. Here are a few below. They differ a lot from Harp’s work. He retains the visual unity of his original photographs. I have taken pieces from dozens of photos for the one piece.