Work in Process at The Photographers Gallery

Work in Process at the Photographers Gallery champions the work of five female contemporary artists who use alternative methods and processes in their photography. The show centres around women and their approach to photography, giving some viewers a much more intimate feeling to the exhibition. The exhibition explores new and recent works by Julie Cockburn, Jessa Fairbrother, Liz Nielsen, Alma Haser and Felicity Hammond.

Felicity Hammond’s ‘Surfacing’ (formations 1 & 3) takes on a more sculptural form of photography. The three-dimensional appearance of the photographs gives the illusion of thick and relentlessly applied paint. The works jump out at viewers in luscious tones of purple, lilacs, and blue, creating a dreamy, pensive atmosphere.

‘Gust’ by Julie Cockburn shows a cool, breezy setting on top of a remote hill. The scene is captured in a black and white photograph with specks of colour drizzled across the sky in the form of rainbow polka dots that appear to be colourful streams of leaves blowing away from the tree. The rainbow dots add a splash of colour to the otherwise monotone work, which gives it an entirely new edge and depth.

The first series of works by Alma Haser on display, ‘Pseudo’ shows a collection of three-dimensional  plants. The works were created in various stages of re-photographing real plants, then assembling them and cutting away parts of each layer to reveal the multiple layers beneath. This creation of new deeper layers invites viewers to get up close and personal with Haser’s works, looking deep into the image, to see the beauty that hides beneath. The plants are all on fresh brightly coloured backgrounds of ivory, pastel pink and blue, green, and blazing orange.

‘Within 15 Minutes’ is the second and most recent series of works by Haser, with ‘Lee and Clinton’ and ‘Maria and Katerina’ on display. The pieces are made from 1000 piece jigsaw puzzles from portraits of identical twins, which have been assembled and combined to make entirely new individuals that are no longer recognisable semblances of either twin.

Jessica Fairbrother’s series of works entitled ‘Armour Studies (Regarding Skin)’ is an ongoing series from which three pieces are on display, titled ‘Dragonfly’. The black and white photographs show a seated young woman, curled up with her back to the camera. Needle perforations are made in the silver gelatine prints, using the human body as a sight to perform. On the woman’s back, the needlework has created complicated and intricate patterns resembling wings and scales. The aftermath of this technique is incredibly stunning with the woman appearing to be evolving and unveiling an entirely new and elegant creature.

The works featured by these artists display alternative processes to creating photographic works that celebrate the medium of photography. Work in Process is an incredible opportunity to reflect on the works and movements from women in the world of photography and the artistic medium itself.

Work in Process is on at The Photographers Gallery until 9th June.  More information may be found here.