He lived from 1972 to 1979 in Poland, spending two of those years studying graphics at the Academy of Science. His subsequent work articulated his socialist beliefs, often through black-and-white photographs of his friends in Krakow, Poland, or the East End of London; his large photographs were always unique rather than editional prints, stressing their physical identity as handmade objects. These portraits and figure studies have a claustrophobic, sparse atmosphere, suggestive of a mentality bound and defined by the weight of its own history. His work often deals with the problems of a mythologising interpretation of history and highlights the contingency and specificity of the present. In the mid 1990s he worked on a photographic project in Barcelona to describe the experiences and identities of individuals living in communities.
Turner Prize 1996 artists: Craigie Horsfield
Craigie Horsfield is a photographer, sound artist and filmmaker.