Czech photographer Dita Pepe uses self-portrait photography to explore ideas of how personal identity can seem to change dramatically in relationship to the other people in our lives, and the surrounding circumstances.
In this series, she stages "what-if" scenarios, where she portrays herself in various guises while posing as a wife or partner of men from many different walks of life. Each photograph is made in each man's typical real-life surroundings, and often with his children (sometimes including her own real-life daughter in the mix).
We've seen this kind of self transformation in the work of Cindy Sherman, of course, but this is less polished, with a snapshot aesthetic that makes each feel casual and funky and somehow more believable.
Not surprisingly, her university thesis was titled, "Photography as a form of therapy".
— Jim Casper
For this haunting book of portraits,photographed murderers, accomplices and surviving victims from the Rwandan Genocide — the photos are presented without captions, and it's impossible to imagine the roles of most.
Collaborative artists(in Toronto) and Paul Collins (in Paris) paint over parts of each other's photographs using kitschy styles of old-fashioned advertising illustration (and other motifs) to create pleasantly jarring juxtapositions.
Motherhood and Childhood in 8 frames, over 8 years — a simple but powerful and intimate photo series.