'Art Hamptons opened on Thursday, July 2, on Lumber Lane in Bridgehampton with more than 2,800 viewers and lengthy traffic jams. It is the first of three separate Southampton art fairs that will occupy our attention on the East End during July.
One group of works seen on the opening night and ready for harvest are the staged photographs of Lottie Davies, presented by the Cynthia Corbett Gallery of London. They are a continuation of a genre begun by Jeffrey Wall, 20 years her senior, and others, which uses involved and expensively produced images requiring sets and actors similar to film, except then handsomely shot as a still image.
Davies’s photographs are made to appear casual but the smooth lighting generally gives them away as planned rather than observed by chance. Shooting on 4X5 large format film, she has mastered this genre, often layering her images, which explains the tremendous color saturation. She puts her philosophy degree to good use with great wit and it is fun to tease apart the semiotic layers inherent in her images.' – James Croak
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