Anne Collier

b. 1970, Los Angeles, USA. Lives and works in New York, USA


Anne Collier
Anne Collier, Positive (California), 2016


Anne Collier works by re-photographing existing images in the studio using a large-format plate camera. Book covers, magazines, record sleeves, and posters are set up to be documented in a manner that emphasises their spatial flatness. The material is drawn from the film, music and celebrity cultures of the 1960s, 70s and 80s, as well as the hippie, new age and self-help movements, lending the work a unifying West Coast USA feel. Complex tensions between consumerism, feminism, and voyeurism are pared down into succinct images. They emphasise the way photography frames and cuts information and through this process creates new slightly altered realities. Collier invites viewers of her work into an uncertain territory where the line between clichéd sentimentality and something more moving and profound is left as an open question.