The Unseen Eye, Performance by W.M. Hunt
W.M. Hunt is a champion of photography—a collector, curator, consultant, writer, teacher, and fundraiser who lives and works in New York City. Join Aperture for, The Unseen Eye: A Life in Photographs and other digressions … a multi-media performance piece with W.M. Hunt, whose instinctive pursuit of striking images has resulted in a collection that manages to evoke a picture of humanity from birth to death, with all the associated nuances of memory, wit, eroticism, fear, grief, and horror.
The Unseen Eye, a new book by Aperture, presents a wonderfully idiosyncratic and compelling collection of photographs assembled around a particular theme: in each image, the gaze of the subject is averted, the face obscured or the eyes firmly closed. The pictures present a catalog of anti-portraiture, characterized at first glance by what its subjects conceal, not by what the camera reveals. Amassed over the course of thirty years by New York collector W. M. Hunt, the collection includes works by masters such as Richard Avedon, Diane Arbus, Imogen Cunningham, William Klein, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Robert Frank, as well as lesser known artists and vernacular images.
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