[London]: (Mack), (2014).
4to (312 × 240 mm), pp.. 33 colour and black-and-white photographs. Text by Richard Prince. Design by Schorr and Matthew Kraus. Endpapers yellow on one side. Black-and-white photo-illustrated paper-covered boards, yellow, front and spine stamped in burgundy. Publisher’s acetate dust-jacket. Signed and dated in the year of publication. Fine.
First edition, signed. Collier Schorr was born in New York in 1963. Her work explores issues of adolescence, sexual ambiguity, and national identity, often combining photographic realism with elements of fiction and staged youthful fantasy. Her approach was described by Vince Aletti as having ‘evolved into a dense, allusive exploration of the fluid nature of desire.’
Schorr became interested in fashion photography during her teens when she would tear out photographs from fashion magazines and pin them to her bedroom walls. In 1999 she contributed an editorial story to Olivier Zahn’s Purple. Enjoying the freedom and extended reach of commercial photography, she has continued to work for advertising and editorial clients including Bottega Veneta, Comme des Garçons, Y-3, V Magazine, Self Service, Interview, The Gentlewoman, Fantastic Man, i-D, and Arena Homme Plus.
In 8 Women, she presents a selection of these commissioned photographs, 'folding them into a dialogue with other works. Using the language of appropriation, found images are redefined as Schorr is in a sense "finding" and using her own images to explore new ways of relating the performer to the photographer. Far from the detachment of typical post-appropriation aesthetics, Schorr intimates subversion in the origins of her own photographs, suggesting that the texture of a circulated image carries a particular charge, both in its restaging and in its relation to other images' (303 exhibition press release).