John Coplans
Self-Portrait (Back No. 16) 1992

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John Coplans 1920–2003
Self-Portrait (Back No. 16)
Date 1992
Medium Photograph, black and white, on paper on board
Acquisition Purchased 1994
Not on display

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Coplans uses his own body as the subject matter for his photographic works. He arranges his pose using a video camera, so that he can view himself, then an assistant takes the photograph under his direction. Morgan wrote: 'John Coplans' large-scale photographs of himself can be regarded as images of dignity and freedom¿The greater the insistence on flesh in these giant works, the more the emphasis switches to the spirit and to qualities of endurance that our bodies do not possess.'

September 2004

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