The colors of Harry Bowers's photo are bright and cheerful and there is an odd flatness to the photograph that reminded my of Japanese prints. Vaguely erotic, certainly a contemporary photograph, I thought. It turns out it was made in 1978, subsequently lost and then re-discovered in 2004. Harry Bowers, a pioneer in scanning, technology, devised a way to photograph the garments that makes them so vibrant and flat.
Like a vermeer painting, the composition is perfect, the light exquisitely beautiful. Jen Davis's self-portrait — she photographed herself for 11 years — went straight to my heart. I could not take my eyes off her defiant face and wondered what thoughts led to this complex expression.