Tom Hunter - Chevalier, Tracy; Wiggins, Colin - Yale University Press
Mar 08, 2006
80 p., 7 3/4 x 10
46 color illus.
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Living in Hell and Other Stories
Tracy Chevalier and Colin Wiggins
Tom Hunter is a London-based photographer of international renown for his engaging, distinctive, and often provocative re-creations of Old Master paintings. In 1998 he won the John Kobal Photographic Portrait Award for A Woman Reading a Possession Order, a beautifully crafted photograph based on a composition by the Dutch master, Johannes Vermeer (1632Ė1675).
Featuring selections of the bold images that established Hunterís reputation, together with new work, this book conveys the artistís deep concern with depicting the lives of the residents of Hackney, East London, as captured in the headlines of Hunterís local newspaper, the Hackney Gazette. These startling, sometimes tragic, stories are retold in carefully staged photographs, whose compositions are frequently derived from paintings in the National Gallery.
An essay by best-selling novelist Tracy Chevalier examines Hunterís story-telling, while Colin Wiggins discusses the relationship between Hunterís work and paintings in the National Gallery and elsewhere.
Tracy Chevalier is the author of several hugely successful art-historical novels, including Girl with a Pearl Earring, Falling Angels, and The Lady and the Unicorn. Colin Wiggins is Deputy Head of Education at the National Gallery and is the co-author of Ron Mueck and John Virtue: London Paintings.
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