The lighting in some galleries and museums is fantastic and lends itself to gorgeous images. Some of my favorite photographs in recent years have been of people looking at art work in galleries. The photo above was taken at the Photographers Gallery in London during the Deutsche Borse 2008 exhibit. Fazal Sheikh's black & white portraits of Indian women with their backs turned away from the camera, while the unknown art patron seems almost as if he were trying to mimic the poses.

It turns out I am not alone in loving photographs of art work in context. Louise Lawler has turned this into a two decade oeuvre, and has a current exhibit through June 7th at Metro Gallery.

Louise Lawler

Fazal Sheikh
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