Olga ChernyshevaOn Duty 2007

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Artist
Olga Chernysheva (born 1962)
Title
On Duty
Date 2007
Medium11 photographs, optical gelatin silver fibre print on paper
Dimensionsimage, each: 743 x 500 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by VTB Capital 2011
Reference
P13157
Not on display

Summary

Olga Chernysheva’s On Duty 2007 consists of eleven large, black and white photographs of employees of the Moscow underground transport system, wearing uniforms and severe demeanours that seem to hark back to the Soviet era. Each photograph is cropped tightly so as to capture the attendant sitting in the booth that forms their working environment, with the subject sat in three-quarters profile at the centre of the composition. The traditional silver gelatin printing process that Chernysheva has adopted for these photographs, together with their monumental scale, lends the images an air of solemnity, and gives the sitters in each image the almost sculptural presence of portrait busts… (read more)

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