Photographing cut-outs

This project involved photographing around 100 life-size cut-outs as part of a huge installation that was heading for the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool. The brief was to document them all for the archives, by photographing both the fronts and backs, on which there was text unique to each one.

Painted by international artist Lubaina Himid, each one represented an African character taken into slavery, depicting their original identities and supplemented with details of the false identities they had been given. I had seen this installation, called Naming the Money,  when it was exhibited a couple of years previously and remembered how powerful it was.

My approach for this project was to see them as real people and photographed them accordingly, as portraits rather than documenting 2D artworks. I wanted to let each one stand proud and give them the stature they deserved. I am pleased with the collection of a final images as I think the artist is also.

Lubaina Himid installation Naming The Money
Lubaina Himid installation Naming The Money
©Denise Swanson
Lubaina Himid installation Naming The Money
©Denise Swanson
Lubaina Himid installation Naming The Money
Lubaina Himid installation Naming The Money
Lubaina Himid installation Naming The Money