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Maria Rosario Domenici, 1998

Judy Dater

American, 1941-
gelatin silver print
24 x 20 in. (61 x 51 cm)
Norton Simon Museum, Gift of the Artist
PH.2010.2.2
© Judy Dater

On view

Judy Dater contributed mightily to photography’s break-out moment from Modernism in the 1960s. One of a handful of female photographers from that period, her compelling and insightful photographs established a new model in portraiture especially as it concerned the traditional depiction of women, and the depiction of male subjects by a female artist.

Maria Rosaria Dominici is a magnificent image from the artist’s “Excerpt from an Italian Journal,” a body of work Dater created while in residence at the American Academy in Rome in 1998. Long inspired by the beauty and drama of figures from Italian painting and the Italian cinema , the artist began to photograph Romans she encountered on the street, or whom she invited formally to her studio at the academy. Dater strikes a balance here between the imaginative: a half-bust, profile pose, that recalls images of the Madonna and female portraits from the Renaissance, and what the camera sees: the intimate details of Dominici’s visage as she poses for the photographer.


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