Clown White, Minstrel Black, 2008, shot on 35mm film.

These works reference the make up and fright wig of both the modern day white faced clown and its strikingly similar predecessor the black faced minstrel, as well as the relationship between a photographic negative and it's ensuing image. 

Ten portrait pairs make up the series.  

Each individual sat for two portraits. In the first photograph their face was painted white with black paint exaggerating the lips and eyes and in the second the make up is tonally reversed.

 

Clown White, Minstrel Black 2

 

Clown White, Minstrel Black 5

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