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Joel-Peter Witkin

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Birthplace
Brooklyn, New York City

Birth year
1939

Lives in
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Works in
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Current Exhibitions and Events
Sep, 2014 Luz Restirada: Latin American Photography from the UNM Art Museum
University of New Mexico Art Museum Center for the Arts (Main Campus)
 
Statement

Joel-Peter Witkin is an American photographer . His work often deals with such themes as death, corpses (and sometimes dismembered portions thereof), and various outsiders such as dwarfs, transsexuals, hermaphrodites, and physically deformed people. Witkin's complex tableaux often recall religious episodes or famous classical paintings.

Some of Witkin's works, namely those with corpses in them, have had to be created in Mexico in order to get around restrictive US laws. Because of the transgressive nature of the contents of his pictures, his works have been labeled exploitative and have sometimes shocked public opinion.

His techniques include scratching the negative, bleaching or toning the print, and using a hands-in-the-chemicals printing technique. This experimentation began after seeing a 19th-century ambrotype of a woman and her ex-lover who had been scratched from the frame.

Recent Exhibits

Joel-Peter Witkin participated in these exhibits:

Aug, 2014 Special Closing Event: Twin Visions
Jack Rutberg Fine Arts
 
Aug, 2014 Book Signing & Launch with Jerome Witkin & Joel-Peter Witkin
Jack Rutberg Fine Arts
 
Jul, 2014 Framed & Ready
Catherine Edelman Gallery
 
Jun, 2014 Luz Restirada: Latin American Photography from the UNM Art Museum
University of New Mexico Art Museum Center for the Arts (Main Campus)
 
May, 2014 Twin Visions
Jack Rutberg Fine Arts
 
Mar, 2014 Portraits
Cohen Gallery
 
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