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Photograph - Five People Thinking the Same Thing V
  • Five People Thinking the Same Thing V
    Kearney, Frances
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Five People Thinking the Same Thing V

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1999 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Kearney, Frances (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    c-type print mounted on aluminium

  • Museum number:

    E.497-1998

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Frances Kearney graduated from the Photography MA course at the Royal College of Art in 1998. The three photographs in the V&A collection were all exhibited in her final degree show and acquired at that time. They are part of a larger body of work, titled 'Five People Thinking the Same Thing'. Kearney's work is concerned with the passing of time within a domestic setting, often with the subjects absorbed in what Kearney has described as "lost time".

Physical description

Man kneeling at a domestic fireplace with a plastic jug in his hand. He appears to have extinguished a fire. Like the other images in the set, he has his back towards the camera. He kneels on a patterned rug. He is wearing red trousers, a blue shirt and brown boots. Book cases flank the fireplace.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (probably, made)

Date

1999 (made)

Artist/maker

Kearney, Frances (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

c-type print mounted on aluminium

Dimensions

Height: 122.5 cm print, Width: 153.9 cm print

Object history note

These photographs are part of a larger body of work, titled Five People Thinking the Same Thing but only these images were exhibited at the summer degree show.

Historical context note

Frances Kearney graduated from the Photography MA course at the Royal College of Art. These three photographs were all exhibited in her final degree show in the Summer of 1998. Kearney creates a subtle narrative, focussing on the representation of human thought and emotion, that relates well to the photography by Lady Hawarden. Her work is concerned with the passing of time within a domestic setting, often with the subjects absorbed in what Kearney has described as "lost time".

Descriptive line

Kearney, Frances. Five People Thinking the Same Thing V (man with jug kneeling beside fireplace), 1998

Labels and date

Label for 'Making It Up: Photographic Fictions' (3 May 2013 - 12 January 2014):

Frances Kearney (born 1970)

Five People Thinking the Same Thing II, III and V
1998

Kearney’s images seem to be spontaneous snapshots but they are meticulously staged. Clothes, expressions and posture are all contrived for the photograph, and scenes are re-worked until a sense of stillness is achieved. Kearney’s figures convey a monumental and meditative quality, absorbed in what she has described as ‘lost time’. They are caught at a moment of personal reflection, perhaps waiting for something to happen.

C-type prints
Museum nos. E.496 to 498-1998 []

Production Note

Reason For Production: Exhibition

Materials

Photographic paper; Aluminium

Subjects depicted

Time; Trousers; Jug; Bookcases; Fireplaces; Shirt

Categories

Photographs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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