Lisa Oppenheim's Leisure Work III (Top), 2013

Lisa Oppenheim
Leisure Work III (Top), 2013

Photograph

Gelatin silver print

Collection of Carnegie Museum of Art, Purchased with funds provided by The William Talbott Hillman Foundation

For this work, Lisa Oppenheim placed lace directly on top of photographic paper and exposed it to light, creating a direct negative or “photogram.” This process was invented by William Henry Fox Talbot, the originator of photography on paper and an inspiration for Oppenheim. The title is a reference to the classification of female lace makers in early 20th-century Belgium as “leisure workers,” which prevented them from being able to vote. press.cmoa.org/category/announcements/

Collection of Carnegie Museum of Art, Purchased with funds provided by The William Talbott Hillman Foundation

For this work, Lisa Oppenheim placed lace directly on top of photographic paper and… more

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