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

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1998 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Kearney, Frances (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    c-type print mounted on aluminium

  • Museum number:

    E.498-1998

  • 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

Photograph mounted on aluminium showing a woman leaning on a bath with her back to the viewer.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (probably, made)

Date

1998 (made)

Artist/maker

Kearney, Frances (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

c-type print mounted on aluminium

Dimensions

Height: 123 cm print, Width: 153.1 cm print, Height: 126 cm frame, Width: 157 cm frame, Depth: 7 cm frame

Object history note

This set of three 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 significance: Kearney's creation of a subtle narrative, focussing on the representation of human thought and emotion, 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".

Historical context note

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".
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.

Descriptive line

'Five People Thinking the Same Thing III' (woman with a cigarette by bath) from the series 'Five People Thinking the Same Thing'. By Frances Kearney, 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

Aluminium; Photographic paper

Subjects depicted

Cigarettes; Water heaters; Wrist watches; Bath; Time; Smoking; Blinds (coverings)

Categories

Photographs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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