Contemporary Photographs

Contemporary Photographs

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Property from a Distinguished New York Collection

Tomoko Sawada

ID 400: 101-200

Lot Closed

October 7, 06:21 PM GMT


12,000 - 18,000 USD

Lot Details


Tamoko Sawada

B. 1977

ID 400: 101-200

100 gelatin silver prints, mounted together, framed, 1998, no. 4 in an edition of 15

overall: 48 by 37 in. (121.9 by 94 cm.)

frame: 49 ½ by 38 ½ in. (125.7 by 97.8 cm.)

Zabriskie Gallery, New York, 2003

'I was bound by an inferiority complex. When I started to take pictures, I loved my image taken in photos, which looked attractive and cute. I could make myself look like a model or an actress in pictures. As I looked at my pictures again and again, the gap between my real image and my image in a picture widened. In other words, my appearance could be changed easily, but my personality did not change. An ID picture proves the identity or the existence of a person in the picture. That is, even if someone does not exist in this world, if he or she appears in an ID picture, that person can prove his or her existence. One’s personality is said to show in one’s appearance. However, even if one’s appearance changes, the essence does not change. Such a contradiction motivated me to create my work.'

-Excerpt from Tomoko Sawada's artist's statement for ID400