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Bryan Ferry

by Bob Carlos Clarke
bromide print, 1996
18 7/8 in. x 14 in. (480 mm x 355 mm) image size
Given by the estate of Bob Carlos Clarke, 2013
NPG x137389

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Graham V Smith

6 October 2015, 17:14

Commissioned by Graham V Smith at No Excuses for the 1997 Powergen Calendar and shot in the lift outside Bob's studio in Battersea. Bryan Ferry was shot in the corner of a mirrored lift (specially installed for the shoot) to give a series of reflections trailing back to infinity. The image captures the essence of the calendar quotation (Life is for each man a solitary cell whose walls are mirrors), not only demonstrating the loneliness, but also reflecting on the strange way that our behaviour changes in the confines of a lift.

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