Charlotte Dumas

Dutch, b. 1977

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Charlotte Dumas

Dutch, b. 1977

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Though Charlotte Dumas focuses on animals in her sensitive photographic portraits, her work is as much about their human keepers as it is about them. As she explains: “I would venture to say that my work is totally about humans, insofar as we reflect ourselves in animals.” Informed by what she calls the “traditional ingredients” of 17th-century Dutch painting, Dumas approaches her work exquisitely attuned to composition, light, and the poses of classical portraiture. She works in series, based on themes drawn from life and literature, and has captured police and military horses, wolves in the wild, tigers in captivity, and stray and working dogs. By shooting these animals at a range that allows intimacy without invasiveness, Dumas effectively humanizes them. Open and inscrutable, their faces and bodies express an uncanny psychological depth, which seems both innate and ascribed.

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Though Charlotte Dumas focuses on animals in her sensitive photographic portraits, her work is as much about their human keepers as it is about them. As she explains: “I would venture to say that my work is totally about humans, insofar as we reflect ourselves in animals.” Informed by what she calls the “traditional ingredients” of 17th-century Dutch painting, Dumas approaches her work exquisitely attuned to composition, light, and the poses of classical portraiture. She works in series, based on themes drawn from life and literature, and has captured police and military horses, wolves in the wild, tigers in captivity, and stray and working dogs. By shooting these animals at a range that allows intimacy without invasiveness, Dumas effectively humanizes them. Open and inscrutable, their faces and bodies express an uncanny psychological depth, which seems both innate and ascribed.

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The Guardian