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Horsfield, Craigie

in Benezit Dictionary of Artists

ISBN: 9780199773787
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199899913 | DOI:
Horsfield, Craigie

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British, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active in London and New York.

Born 1949, in Cambridge.


Craigie Horsfield lived in Cracow from 1972 to 1979, during which time he studied graphics at the academy of arts and taught at the academy of sciences.

Horsfield usually prints negatives many years after the time the photographs were originally taken, often in unique rather than editional prints. The photos thus become significant as representations of and links between both past and present, taken in the past but effectively created in the here and now. This is fundamental to Horsfield’s thinking: his manner of working ensures the photographs exist as entities in themselves (with a connection to the present) and are not merely images of the past. His photographs are strikingly like paintings, many resembling Old Masters in composition, the poses of the subjects and the effects of light, mood and atmosphere. They are also large in format, resembling life-size portraits. These similarities are consciously created: the position of the nude figure in his work ...

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Subjects: Photography and Photographs ; Contemporary Art ; 20th-Century Art

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