You Animal, You!: Charlotte Cory

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Charlotte Cory’s photographic collages, skillfully reworking Victorian photographic visiting cards, resemble intriguing short stories, which invite viewers to speculate on the events behind the picture. By creating highly subversive images of human bodies with animal heads, she creates a vision of the nineteenth century, an exciting post-Darwinian alternative universe in which animals are clearly in charge. At first you laugh, but then you find yourself thinking…

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Overview

Charlotte Cory’s photographic collages, skillfully reworking Victorian photographic visiting cards, resemble intriguing short stories, which invite viewers to speculate on the events behind the picture. By creating highly subversive images of human bodies with animal heads, she creates a vision of the nineteenth century, an exciting post-Darwinian alternative universe in which animals are clearly in charge. At first you laugh, but then you find yourself thinking…

Collecting Cartes-de-visite was a craze in Victorian times, called “cartomania”. It was the Facebook of its time. Millions were produced and are now mostly worthless. Cory combines these poignant images with portraits taken of stuffed animals from museums and her own collection. By recycling these dispossessed images and long-dead creatures, she gives them all a new lease of life. Brighter, more colourful, more interesting and more disturbing than before.

Highly illustrated, great fun and at the same time oddly serious, You Animal, You! is an in-depth look at the world of this unusual artist that will delight her fans and interest newcomers to her work in equal measure.

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"You Animal, You!, a whimsical, most unusual art book exploring her subject through photography with a large number of stylized Victorian photographs but with a twist." San Francisco Book Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781907317590
  • Publisher: Black Dog Publishing Limited London
  • Publication date: 6/12/2012
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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A.N. Wilson is an Oxford educated English author, journalist and literary editor. A fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he has held a prominent position in the world of literature and journalism. He is an award winning biographer and a celebrated novelist, winning prizes for much of his fiction. He lives in London, UK.

Sophie Gordon is Curator of the Royal Photograph Collection, and has published widely on nineteenth- and early twentieth-century photography.

Jane Sellars is art curator of the Mercer Art Gallery in the UK.

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