Oct 25, 2007

Man without Legs, New York City

Man without Legs, New York City


Joel-Peter Witkin

(American, 1939-)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 36.6 x 37.9 cm (14 7/16 x 14 15/16 in.); Paper: 50.4 x 40.6 cm (19 13/16 x 16 in.); Matted: 50.8 x 61 cm (20 x 24 in.)

Gift of Museum members in 1989 1989.471

Impression: 3



For almost four decades, Witkin has staged and photographed bizarre scenes, often incorporating people with physical deformities and severed limbs. Referring to art history and classical mythology, he manipulates his prints to create the rich surface quality usually acquired through age. Although Witkin’s photographs focus on disenfranchised members of society, they also reveal the humanity of his subjects.

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