Cooper & Gorfer consists of the two artists Sarah Cooper (USA, 1974) and Nina Gorfer (Austria, 1979). With their backgrounds in art, architecture, graphic design and photography they began their collaboration in 2006. Their work belongs to a narrative tradition within photography, with roots in 18th and 19th century painting. Alongside their art projects Cooper & Gorfer also work as editorial and commercial photographers. They are now living and working in Göteborg, Sweden.
Our work belongs to a narrative tradition within photography existing at the intersection of contemporary photography and 18th and 19th century painting. It is based on the personal and collective stories of place, where the pictures become condensed impressions showing the latent and ephemeral rather than the obvious. Place and story are the catalysts of our work – transforming narrative and memories into image. But the images that emerge out of the stories take on lives of their own. Like the portrait in Oscar Wilde’s novel “The Picture of Dorian Grey”, our images show more than just an objective view of the person portrayed. Instead, they also depict something we can not see – the past, the insubstantial and intangible, where the life and sentiment of the person photographed are woven together with our perception and experience of the moment. In the end, our pictures are the stories’ beautiful remains.
“Their pictures are imbued with understated drama and an enigmatic tone. Unlike the discrete passer-by who single-handedly waits the decisive moment, Cooper and Gorfer carefully direct choreographed productions. The time they invest in creating a picture can be likened to that of a painter in a studio.” Dragana Vujanovic, curator Hasselblad Center.
Following are some of the works from the following projects The Weather Diaries, I Know not These My Hands, My Quiet of Gold and Latent Now. (via Yatzer)
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