Self-Portraits: Head in Motion

MAKER:
Artist

Blythe Bohnen ( American, 1940 )

DATE:
1978
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General Description

Trained as a painter, Blythe Bohnen began using photography to capture the motion of her gestures on canvas. Later, she made a series of self-portraits using a timed shutter and precise movements that resulted in blurred, nearly abstracted images. With certain facial features more distinct than others, Bohnen's experiments demonstrate the way minor actions can drastically change the structure of each portrait.

Excerpt from

Chelsea Pierce, Soft Focus, Label copy [1983.571], 2018.