Neeta Madahar, ‘Sustenance 95’, 2003, Aperture Foundation

Signature: Signed and numbered by the artist

About Neeta Madahar

Neeta Madahar’s photographs return to her favorite motifs of flowers, birds, trees, and women to address assumptions about beauty, gender, intimacy, chance, and identity. Madahar’s work often features both highly detailed views of nature and deeply symbolic narrative themes, rendered in lush colors. Her earliest subjects were the various bird species that approached her feeders, and the flowers and leaves she either encountered or created. More recently, Madahar has produced a series of dramatically staged photographs resembling classic Hollywood posters and featuring her own female friends as models. The women, all in their middle ages, are presented in dynamic poses with what the artist calls “lived-in” facial expressions, as a response the traditional artifice of glamor in cinema and fashion photography. Her influences include Cecil Beaton and Horst P. Horst.

British, b. 1966, London, United Kingdom