Thilo von Watzdorf and his Parents, Clapham Common, London

Object Details

Title:

Thilo von Watzdorf and his Parents, Clapham Common, London

Artist/Maker:

Gerald Incandela (American, born Tunisia, 1952)

Culture:

American

Place:

London, England (Place created)

Date:

1976

Medium:

Gelatin silver print

Dimensions:

50.6 × 63.2 cm (19 15/16 × 24 7/8 in.)

Copyright:

© Gerald Incandela

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This image is a composite portrait of Thilo von Watzdorf and his parents and includes, in the mirror's reflection, a self-portrait of Gerald Incandela making the photograph. Joined together to create a continuous frame, the illusion of perfect seamlessness is broken by the visible edges of each print. The dual images of the mother and her reflection, seen from behind gesturing toward the camera, adds a cubist dimension of simultaneity, of seeing the scene from multiple angles in a single frame. The father, visible through an open door reading the newspaper in an adjoining room, also suggests an alternate vantage point.

Provenance
- 1984

Samuel Wagstaff, Jr., American, 1921 - 1987, by Gift

Exhibitions
The Thrill of the Chase: The Wagstaff Collection of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum (March 15, 2016 to May 7, 2017)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), March 15 to July 31, 2016
  • Wadsworth Atheneum (Hartford), September 10 to December 11, 2016
  • Portland Museum of Art (Portland), February 13 to May 7, 2017
Bibliography

Corcoran Gallery of Art. A Book of Photographs from the Collection of Sam Wagstaff, exh. cat. (New York: Gray Press, 1978) p. 94.