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Photograph - Glamour Studio (Locker Room)

Glamour Studio (Locker Room)

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1999 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Smith, Bridget (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    C-type print

  • Credit Line:

    Given by BMW Financial Services Group

  • Museum number:

    E.797-2000

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Born in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex in 1966, Bridget Smith graduated from Goldsmiths College, London in 1995. She received critical acclaim for an early series in which she captured the curtained proscenium arches of old fashioned cinemas (1994) in large scale, colour saturated prints.

Glamour Studio was presented to the museum by BMW Financial Services Group in return for professional advice in 1998-1999. It depicts a purpose-built locker room set in a studio. Part of a series entitled Making Your Dreams Come True the work results from a commission awarded by BMW Financial Services Group. Of the work, Smith states, 'I have chosen to photograph sets from the world of glamour photography, as play-acting seems such an integral part of dreaming. Each set offers the potential of the viewer to enter a new role and to act out their own fantasies'.

Physical description

Aluminium photograph of a purpose built locker room set in a studio. A wooden bench is in the middle of the set surrounded by lockers on either side. Squash and badminton rackets hang on the wall.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (probably, made)

Date

1999 (made)

Artist/maker

Smith, Bridget (artist)

Materials and Techniques

C-type print

Dimensions

Height: 90 cm print, Width: 122.5 cm print

Object history note

Glamour Studio (Locker Room) was presented to the museum by BMW Financial Services Group in return for professional advice in 1998-1999. Part of a series entitled Making Your Dreams Come True the work results from a commission awarded by BMW Financial Services Group.

Descriptive line

Photograph, 'Glamour Studio (Locker Room)', by Bridget Smith, 1999

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Jone Elissa Scherf (Ed.) Making Your Dreams Come True: Young British Photography. Germany : Hatjie Cantz Publishers, 2001. ISBN 3-7757-1119-8

Labels and date

Making It Up: Photographic Fictions (2018)
Marta Weiss

This locker room is not what it might appear to be at first glance. It is, in fact, a constructed set used in the pornography industry to stage a particular sexual fantasy. Smith’s work often deals with spaces that are intended for a performance, from cinemas to sound studios. For her, these spaces are poised, awaiting the event that makes sense of them. []
Label for 'Making It Up: Photographic Fictions' (3 May 2013 - 12 January 2014):

Bridget Smith (born 1966)
Glamour Studio (Locker Room)
1999

This locker room is not what it might appear to be at first glance. It is in fact a constructed set used in the pornography industry to stage a particular sexual fantasy. Smith’s work often deals with spaces that are intended for a performance, from cinemas to sound studios. For her, these spaces are poised, awaiting the event that makes sense of them.

C-type print
Given by BMW Financial Services Group
Museum no. E.797-2000 []

Production Note

Reason For Production: Commission

Materials

Aluminium; Photographic paper

Subjects depicted

Studios (work spaces); Lockers; Rackets (sports equipment); Benches

Categories

Photographs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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