In Passing: Jan Groover, Postmodern Photographer, Dies at 68

In Article, Black and White Photography, Photographer on January 16, 2012 at 12:14 am


Jan Groover, an untitled platinum-palladium print from 1978

A photographer that was instrumental in putting photography on the postmodern art map …. Jan Groover has died.

Instead of feast tables or objects in the rooms of the wealthy, the still-life tableaus that first brought Ms. Groover to prominence in the late 1970s focused on the everyday implements of the kitchen, arranged in the sink: fork tines, spatulas, butter-knife blades, whorled and scalloped cake pans, shot in such a way as to confound perspective and to transform light into a kind of object itself in the reflective surfaces.

The pictures resonated not only as subtle documents of feminism but also as unusually beautiful investigations of the fictions that are inseparable from facts in the conventions of photography – inquiries being similarly undertaken by other artists of the time, like Tina Barney, Laurie Simmons, Cindy Sherman and Richard Prince

For more information: NY Times Obit

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