Blueprint: Black Skin, White Mask | Shortlisted Project - PhMuseum 2020 Photographers Grant - PhMuseum

Blueprint: Black Skin, White Mask

  • Blueprint 1: Black Skin, White mask In-camera Cyanotype collage, Giclée print, 70x50cm, 2020

  • Blueprint 2: Black Skin, White mask In-camera Cyanotype collage, Giclée print, 50x50cm, 2020

  • Blueprint 3: Dreaming of Shells — In-camera Cyanotype collage, Giclée print, 50x33cm, 2020

  • Blueprint 4: Hands Up — In-camera Cyanotype collage, Giclée print, 143x50cm, 2021

  • Blueprint 5: Black Skin, White mask In-camera Cyanotype collage, Giclée print, 40x30cm, 2021

  • Blueprint 6: Black Skin, White mask In-camera Cyanotype collage, Giclée print, 40x30cm, 2021

  • Blueprint 7: Black Skin, White mask In-camera Cyanotype collage, Giclée print, 40x30cm, 2021

  • Blueprint 8: Black Skin, White mask In-camera Cyanotype collage, Giclée print, 40x30cm, 2021

  • Blueprint 9: Black Skin, White mask In-camera Cyanotype collage, Giclée print, 40x30cm, 2021

  • Blueprint 10: Black Skin, White mask In-camera Cyanotype collage, Giclée print, 20x15 cm, 2021

  • Blueprint 11: Black Skin, White mask In-camera Cyanotype collage, Giclée print, 20x15 cm, 2021

  • Blueprint 12: Black Skin, White mask In-camera Cyanotype collage, Giclée print, 40x30 cm, 2021

Blueprint: Black Skin, White Mask

Portrait, Contemporary Issues, Archive
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