'Her Eyes of Fern': The Photographic Portrait in Nadja
History of Photography
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Shortly after the publication of my book City Gorged with Dreams, David Bate of the University of Westminster published a book on Surrealist photography, which took a very different approach. Our work was complementary rather than antagonistic, and made us aware that the field was far from closed. When we were invited to co-edit a special issue of the international journal History of Photography on ‘Surrealism and Photography’, we took the opportunity to invite a wide range of contributions on different aspects of the subject. The seven essays which were published demonstrated the range of imagery that still rewarded close attention and made a significant contribution to the literature in the area. The essays in the journal were: 1. Ian Walker (University of Wales, Newport): "Her Eyes of Fern: the Photographic Portrait in Nadja"; 2. Caroline Blinder (Goldsmith’s College): "Looking for Love in all the Wrong Places: Brassaï in André Breton’s Mad Love"; 3. Kirsten A. Hoving (Middlebury College, Vermont): "Man Ray’s Disarming Venuses: Deconstructing the Classical Torso in Surrealist Photography"; 4. Lou Bailey and Lizzie Thynne (University of Sussex): "Beyond Representation: Claude Cahun’s Monstrous Mischief-Making"; 5. Neil Matheson (University of Westminster): "The Phantom of Surrealism: Photography, Cultural Identity and the Reception of Surrealism in England 1936-39”; 6. Krzysztof Fijalkowski (Norwich School of Art): "Objective Poetry: Post-war Czech Surrealist Photography and the Everyday"; 7. David Evans (Art Institute of Bournemouth): "The Situationist Family Album". My essay ‘Her Eyes of Fern’ was a study of the place of the portrait in André Breton’s seminal book Nadja and had its beginnings in a chapter of my unpublished PhD dissertation. In 2004, a version was delivered at the conference Literature and the Photograph at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada, and this was expanded for the History of Photography essay.
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