Marla Rutherford, ‘Sisters’, 2006, Robert Berman Gallery

The originality of this series resides in the juxtaposition of images of children or the elderly with portraits of people from the worlds of sadomasochism and fetishism. By making the latter group pose in ordinary surroundings, the strange and the banal are brought together, allowing viewers to feel more at ease when faced with people whose practices are seen as deviant. Portraits of people from a community that is a part of the counterculture of America are brought out into the light of day and treated as a subject as commonplace as an old lady sitting in her living room.

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