New York

Miyako Ishiuchi

Laurence Miller Gallery

When she turned 40 in 1987, Miyako Ishiuchi began to photograph other women born in the same year. Until then she had focused primarily on her own environment. Though it might seem as if she had shifted away from a rather narcissistic project, in effect, these subjects were significant only because they were as marked by time as she was, and also female. Though she set out to acknowledge the differences among these women as much as possible—each photograph is labeled with the subject’s occupation and shows her hands or feet—personal identity is all but wiped out to reveal the ravages of time and labor. Perhaps the most startling aspects of these images are the bunions and calluses that encrust many of the feet. The nail polish on one set of fingers glistens slickly, but otherwise the hands are as barren as the feet. The images contradict the cliché of femininity as glamorous. In general,

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