‘The codes and conventions of contemporary portrait photography have their roots in two 9th century ‘site’: the studio where the portraits were made and the album where those portraits were then displayed.
The studio and album, once dimensions of the same photographic phenomenon, are generally separated by contemporary artists into distinct, occasionally overlapping, categories with different aesthetics.’
Bright, Susan. “4. Studio and Album.” In Auto Focus: The Self-Portrait in Contemporary Photography, 141. London: Thomas & Hudson, 2010.
It really intrigues me when artists and photographers go deeper than what is visible in an image, and explore and comment on the relationships involved in the creation of a work. Whether that be between the materials, the viewer and creator, or the something else, I really enjoy reading how the image can speak through these elements.