Big Brother

Photograph
1983
Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F
Artist/Maker

This photograph was created in 1983 close to the innovative beginnings of digital technology being use to create art works. This image is a digital compound image made up of the faces of twentieth century dictators Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, Mao and Khomeini. The title of Big Brother referes to George Orwell's novel 1984 (first published in 1949).


object details
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Materials and Techniques
Brief Description
20thC; Burson Nancy, 'Big brother'
Physical Description
Black and white photograph showing a face, made up of a compound of faces of twentieth century dictators
Dimensions
  • Image size height: 30.4cm
  • Length: 37.8cm
Credit line
Big Brother, 1983. Nancy Burson. Copyright of the photographer.
Summary
This photograph was created in 1983 close to the innovative beginnings of digital technology being use to create art works. This image is a digital compound image made up of the faces of twentieth century dictators Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, Mao and Khomeini. The title of Big Brother referes to George Orwell's novel 1984 (first published in 1949).
Collection
Accession Number
Ph.273-1990

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