Liz Darlington is a photographer from New Zealand currently residing part of the year in the United States and the other part in the South of France. Her work has been exhibited both internationally and nationally. Informed by her background in the television and new media industry, her photographs combine digital processes with traditional methods to construct cinematic tableaus. She draws the imagery from her extensive travels that have taken her to more than 40 different countries over the last 25 years.
Her work explores the relationship between photographic representation and memory. Memories are an amalgam of events, people and places that are transient by nature and frequently misrepresent actual lived experience. The fictionalized – even dreamlike – quality of these images evokes a timelessness; they represent neither past, nor present, nor future. Despite their self-evident falsity, we are inexplicably drawn towards their romance and nostalgia, perhaps because they are fictionalized and culturally determined: much like memory itself. Although her work may have the appearance of Pictorialist photography, the discomfort it embodies grounds it firmly in the context of post-millennium contemporary art.
Darlington is currently employed as Professor of Photography at Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia, USA.