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Sam Taylor-Wood


PhotoUtopia Intro: Sam Taylor-Wood produces images which communicate on several levels, firstly her images always stand up for themselves visually; using simple unfussy compositions to create engaging and dynamic forms. Secondly, Taylor-Wood work is always about that which appears and that which is hidden; for instance the seemingly simple self-portrait (picture on far right), Sam Taylor-Wood, having just battled with cancer and had a mastectomy used the hare (traditional symbol for fertility and rebirth) to symbolise her lust for life.

"The hare symbolises lust and passion, so here I am with a head of hair, in a single-breasted suit, holding on to lust and passion.”

Wikipedia*Samantha "Sam" Taylor-Wood (born March 4, 1967), is an English filmmaker, photographer and conceptual artist. Her directorial feature film debut was the 2009 Nowhere Boy, a film based on the childhood experiences of The Beatles songwriter and singer John Lennon.
Taylor-Wood began exhibiting fine art photography in the early-1990s. One collaboration with Henry Bond, titled 26 October 1993, featured Bond and Taylor-Wood pastiching the roles of Yoko Ono and John Lennon in the manner of the photo-portrait made—by photographer Annie Leibovitz—a few hours before Lennon was assassinated, in 1980. In 1994, she exhibited a multi-screen video work titled Killing Time, in which four people mimed to an opera score. From that point multi-screen video works became the main focus of Taylor-Wood's work. Beginning with the video works Travesty of a Mockery and Pent-Up in 1996. Taylor-Wood was nominated for the annual Turner Prize in 1997, but lost out to fellow YBA artist Gillian Wearing. She won the Illy Café Prize for Most Promising Young Artist at the 1997 Venice Biennale. In 2002, Taylor-Wood was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery to make a video portrait of David Beckham—whom she depicted sleeping. She is perhaps best known for her work entitled 'Crying Men' which features many of Hollywood's glitterati crying, including Robin Williams, Sean Penn, Laurence Fishburne, and Paul Newman.

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