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Gail Skoff

Lowinsky & Arai

Gail Skoff has always appeared somewhat out of sync, a contemporary photographer with a 19th-century attitude. Skoff has photographed both the romantic and the exotic, from public parks and cafés in Paris to cremation ceremonies in Bali. She handcolors these pictures, making them seem even more temporally disjunctive.

Nevertheless, she has superseded what could be construed as anachronistic pictorialism and the fad of hand-tinting through a convincing fusion of content and technique. Skoff photographs with the balanced and inquisitive perspective of the 19th-century documentarian while her handtinting reaffirms the idea that her idiosyncratic selections are still extant in the technological era.

In this exhibition she showed landscapes taken in Hawaii, Utah, Mexico and the Caribbean. Banks of clouds hang over desolate stretches of untouched beach, and deserts expand to the horizon line.

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