John Coplans

Self-Portrait (Back No. 16)

1992

Medium
Photograph, black and white, on paper on board
Dimensions
None
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1994
Reference
P77727

Display caption

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.'

Gallery label, September 2004

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