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THERE I WAS . . . A PORTFOLIO BY COLLIER SCHORR

COLLIER SCHORR’S PHOTOGRAPHY rests on the surface of the lens, where subject and object engage in a play of perspective. One culture, for example, might be seen through the eyes of another, as when Schorr photographs German youths wearing the apparel of American (or Israeli, or Swedish) armed forces—an embedding of cultural signs that inevitably triggers a consolidation of commonalities, distinctions, and connections among social and political histories. Alternatively, one gender might be viewed through the filter of another, as when Schorr took up Andrew Wyeth’s “Helga pictures” as the model for a series of portraits of a German teenager, Jens F.—the resulting book of photographs and collages, published last year, evidences a subtle but ever-increasing play of performance and projection (and power) as Schorr’s male subject assumes his sexualized role within this intimate, artistic

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