Hannah Whitaker, ‘Canoe’, 2015, Galerie Christophe Gaillard

About Hannah Whitaker

Hannah Whitaker’s color photographs vary in subject matter, from female nudes to landscapes, to lunar eclipses, to close-ups of natural materials that emphasize texture over content, like marble in an ancient Greek quarry and lava from a Hawaiian volcano. The latter, depicted in Lava (2012), draws viewers in with its beautiful, glistening black surface that recalls the iridescence of black oil paint. Affirming critics’ description of her work as painterly, Whitaker admits her practice has “an obvious connection to painting...with all its drips and paint-like materials.” She produces some photographs in a straightforward manner, while others, such as Napoleon’s Tomb (2012), involve controlled experimentation wherein she re-exposes her film using a hand-made film slide with holes in it to obscure parts of the image with light leaks.

American, b. 1980, Washington, D.C., based in New York, New York