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Shadow, Skin, and Surface; Examining the Work of Viviane Sassen
Art and Design Theses
  • Christina P. Washington, Georgia State University
Date of Award
Degree Type
Degree Name
Master of Arts (MA)
Art and Design
First Advisor
Dr. Susan Richmond
Second Advisor
Dr. Kimberly Cleveland
Third Advisor
Dr. Gyewon Kim
Viviane Sassen is a Dutch fashion photographer, whose personal work feature people from African descent. Through the employment of the equatorial light, her models’ personal identities and faces are left in the shadow, their dark skin rendered “just” black, depicting the sitters invisible and without personal recognition. In this thesis I offer an alternative to reading her work whose praise always stay on the surface; I examine her work in relation to the historical and geographical location, offer an analysis to the ontology of the shadow in photography, and examine the treatment of the surface of Sassen’s models.
Citation Information
Christina P. Washington. "Shadow, Skin, and Surface; Examining the Work of Viviane Sassen" (2014)
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