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  • Image of  Baron by Richard Kern 2021
  • Image of  Baron by Richard Kern 2021
  • Image of  Baron by Richard Kern 2021
  • Image of  Baron by Richard Kern 2021

Baron by Richard Kern 2021

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Kern does not ask his subjects to pose for him, nor does he direct them. He doesn't even contact or cast them. Rather, the subjects contact him, and pose for him in any way they are comfortable. They sometimes choose to be portrayed in the nude and they have full control of the way their bodies are photographed. Therefore, the work is a collaboration between the model and the photographer, as they both construct the image. This process plays out an interesting power dynamic, as the photographer is an older man and the subject is a young woman. Yet, by being seemingly opposed, the photographs are shaped by the male gaze, but simultaneously express the subjects' agency over their sexuality and their bodies. However, how far is the performance of these young women a true expression of their new-found sexuality? Or is that performance rather shaped by the patriarchy and influenced by the endless stream of pop culture on what it is to be a woman?

Number of pages : 228 

Weight : 1000 g 

Dimensions: 350 x 270 x 50 mm