PRINT October 1979

Eve Sonneman’s Progressions in Time

EVE SONNEMAN’S PHOTOGRAPHS ARE NATURALISTIC, quick pictures of people, still lifes, or landscapes that the artist has come across in the “real” world. Certain aspects of her work bring to mind, most readily, that of Atget, Robert Frank and Diane Arbus. Sonneman approaches what is on the other side of the camera lens (which I will refer to as the real world, time or place unless otherwise specified) as an arena of activity in which the camera can be used, like an instrument, to isolate an event; that, in turn, allows the photograph to be a presentation of the situation or subject as though it were within a theatre set.1

However, in no sense is Sonneman recording an event, as in documentary photography, because she changes the context in which one might perceive a specific situation. Her July 4, 1976, for example, is two photographs, taken on top of the World Trade Center during the bicentennial

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