Self-Portrait Three Times

Object Details

Title:

Self-Portrait Three Times

Artist/Maker(s):

John Coplans (British, 1920 - 2003)

Culture:

British

Date:

1987

Medium:

Dye diffusion

Dimensions:

8.9 x 11.4 cm (3 1/2 x 4 1/2 in.)

Copyright:

© Estate of John Coplans

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Aging and hairy, the photographer's nude body is presented in this triple-exposure in two profile views and one frontal view. It is a vulnerable revelation of the body's imperfections rendered in graphic detail. John Coplans has cropped his body across the upper chest and lower legs, emphasizing his torso, with its folds and spots made more severe by the deep shadows cast by the harsh, unforgiving lighting. Like a latter-day Three Graces composition, the multiple bodies interact in a dance-like posture, bending forward and back, legs extended in motion and carefully posed in side-by-side symmetry.

Exhibitions
Capturing Time: A Celebration of Photographs (December 1, 1997 to March 1, 1998)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), December 1, 1997 to March 1, 1998
In Focus: The Nude (October 9, 2007 to February 24, 2008)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), October 9, 2007 to February 24, 2008