Tracey Emin: My Photo Album

Apr 2, 2013 6:45PM

British artist Tracey Emin's new book, My Photo Album, strips bare her childhood and the journey to becoming the influential and controversial artist she is today. Filled with previously private images collected throughout her life,this visual autobiography possesses a series of striking images: Tracey and her twin brother Paul sharing a pram, her bus-pass photo aged 14, a semi-nude ‘glamour’ shoot she did as an art student, her first triumphs as an artist, as well her hanging out with superstars like David Bowie and Ronnie Wood. It is a book that illuminates how much of Emin's work is grounded in her own experiences, perhaps more than any other artist working today. These photographs are more than simply nostalgic, though them we receive an insight into what shaped her as both a woman and an artist; from her family life to the pivotal Young British Artist movement of the 1990s. In design the book resembles a photo album, with handwritten notes and captions from the artist alongside the 283 photographs, almost of which are being published for the first time.  The use of 35mm film, engenders them with an intimate, yet visceral quality. In turn tender and extrovert, they mark both the flourishing of an artist and a revolutionary period in the history of art, all from Emin's singular viewpoint. 

Featured image is reproduced from Tracey Emin: My Photo Album.

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