New PDF release: Claude Cahun : a sensual politics of photography

By Cahun, Claude; Cahun, Claude; Doy, Gen

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The first full-length identify in English at the celebrated photographer Claude Cahun whose paintings used to be rediscovered within the Nineteen Eighties.

This vigorous and unique ebook appears to be like at Cahun and her oeuvre within the contexts of the turbulent instances within which she lived. Surveying regular postmodernist methods to Cahun, born Lucy Schwob, Doy is going extra, positioning Cahun's pictures as a part of her lifestyles as a girl, lesbian and political activist within the early 20th century. Doy considers Cahun's relationships with Symbolism after which Surrealism and her method of costume and masquerade, assessing the photographs within the context of the location of girls on the time and in the winning style and wonder tradition. She additionally will pay consciousness to her curious photographs of developed items and re-evaluates the prestige of Cahun's small-scale snapshots as pictures.

Enormously readable, 'Claude Cahun' eventually offers a fuller photo of this significant artist's lifestyles and work.

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6 cms, 1914, JHT. 8 In early twentieth-century France, feminine modesty was suggested by downcast eyes and ‘dressed’ hair. MEDUSA Cahun’s image was produced at a time when Cubism had been developed in Paris by Braque and Picasso, but elements of Symbolism and Art Nouveau still flourished in French art and culture. As a young woman brought up mainly in provincial Nantes, and aware of the Symbolist movement through her uncle, the writer Marcel Schwob, it is not surprising to find Cahun engaging in her early career with Symbolist themes and images.

They 23 24 Claude Cahun were also worn (with a skirt) by girls, and became very popular with middle-class families. 31 Cahun’s attraction to sailor suits may be connected to her love of the coast and seaside, where a significant number of her photographs are posed. By the inter-war period the sailor had become a signifier of sexuality, and of male homosexual attraction in particular. Jean Cocteau and his friend the singer and writer Suzy Solidor were attracted to the sexuality and double entendres of naval lifestyles and clothing, and the Ballets Russes star Serge Lifar appeared at society parties in his sailor costume.

32 These selfconsciously resistant practices, as Burgin calls them, seemed akin to those of the other inhabitant of Nantes whose work I was investigating, namely Lucy Schwob/Claude Cahun. I read on, becoming colder as the sun went down, and encountered Burgin’s discussion of Barthes and Lacan in relation to the image as a lure, or a trap. Burgin lists the meanings of the word ‘leurre’ in French, including ‘lure’, ‘bait’, ‘trap’, ‘decoy’, ‘enticement’, ‘delusion’ and ‘deceit’. They all seemed to me to describe Cahun’s photographs, in terms of what they offered the potential viewer.

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