b. 1970, United States

Anne Collier Artworks

Collier's practice of collecting and rephotographing printed materials have led to comparisons with the work of the Pictures Generation, a loosely associated group of artists who came to the fore in the 1970s and are known for their critical approach to media culture. While Collier's work overlaps with those of Cindy Sherman, Richard Prince, or John Baldessari—with whom she studied at the California Institute of Arts—in their reference to mass-circulated images, Collier's photographs differ in their treatment of their subjects more as still lifes than appropriated images.

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Woman with a Camera

In the ongoing photographic series 'Woman with a Camera', which began in 2006, Anne Collier collects vintage magazines, posters, record albums, and advertisements, among others, and rephotographs them against a neutral, often white, background. A common denominator in this collection is that the images depict women posing with cameras as if they were photographers.

The women in 'Woman with a Camera' appear confident or absorbed in their cameras, although Collier reveals that such scenes were staged by professional, often male, photographers, with the device as a prop. These include Woman With a Camera (Cheryl Tiegs/Olympus 2) (2008), showing the American model with her manicured hands around an Olympus camera, and Woman with a Camera (The Last Sitting, Bert Stern) (2009), a photograph of a spread in Stern's book about Marilyn Monroe's final photo session with him before her death.

In 2017, Collier's collection of 80 found amateur photographs of women with cameras were published as the book Women with Cameras (Anonymous).

Woman Crying

Since the 2010s, Anne Collier has also photographed images sourced from vintage album covers and comic strips that close in on women's crying faces. In works such as Filter # 3 (Blue) (2020) and Woman Crying #21 (2021), women's faces are reduced to portions, with the teardrops shining bright. By focusing on the tears, Collier highlights the emotional, hysterical woman, another trope in the history of the representation of women.

Tear (Comic) #9 by Anne Collier contemporary artwork photography
Anne Collier Tear (Comic) #9, 2020 C-Print
154.2 x 121.2 cm
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Woman Crying (Comic) #35 by Anne Collier contemporary artwork photography
Anne Collier Woman Crying (Comic) #35, 2021 C-print
126.2 x 152.9 cm
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Photographer by Anne Collier contemporary artwork photography
Anne Collier Photographer, 2021 C-print
189.4 x 149.9 cm
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Woman Crying (Comic) #22 by Anne Collier contemporary artwork print
Anne Collier Woman Crying (Comic) #22, 2020 C-print
86 x 106.4 x 4 cm (incl frame)
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Filter #4 by Anne Collier contemporary artwork photography
Anne Collier Filter #4, 2021 C-print
153 x 123.6 x 4.5 cm
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Woman Crying #19 by Anne Collier contemporary artwork photography
Anne Collier Woman Crying #19, 2021 C-print
188 x 129.1 x 5.1 cm
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Woman Crying #20 by Anne Collier contemporary artwork photography
Anne Collier Woman Crying #20, 2021 C-print
169.9 x 126.2 cm
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Endpapers #1 (Nude Photography) by Anne Collier contemporary artwork print
Anne Collier Endpapers #1 (Nude Photography), 2016 C-print
126.2 x 180.3 cm
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Filter #3 (Blue) by Anne Collier contemporary artwork photography, print
Anne Collier Filter #3 (Blue), 2020 C-print
150.6 x 121.2 cm
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Album (Eye) #2 by Anne Collier contemporary artwork photography, print
Anne Collier Album (Eye) #2, 2014 C-print
126.4 x 168.8 cm
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Woman With A Camera (1967) by Anne Collier contemporary artwork photography, print
Anne Collier Woman With A Camera (1967), 2015 C-print
126.4 x 157.6 cm
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Woman With Cameras #1 by Anne Collier contemporary artwork photography, print
Anne Collier Woman With Cameras #1, 2012 C-print
126.2 x 164.8 cm
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Mirror by Anne Collier contemporary artwork print
Anne Collier Mirror, 2020 C-print
162.6 x 126.2 cm
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Filter #2 (Triptych/Yellow) by Anne Collier contemporary artwork print
Anne Collier Filter #2 (Triptych/Yellow), 2020 C-print, three parts
91.4 x 74.3 cm
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Woman Crying (Comic) #25 by Anne Collier contemporary artwork print
Anne Collier Woman Crying (Comic) #25, 2020 C-print
158.2 x 126.2 cm
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Woman Crying (Comic) #28 by Anne Collier contemporary artwork print
Anne Collier Woman Crying (Comic) #28, 2020 C-print
126.2 x 163.1 cm
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Tear (Comic) #9 by Anne Collier contemporary artwork print
Anne Collier Tear (Comic) #9, 2020 C-print
154.2 x 121.2 cm
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Woman Crying (Comic) #27 by Anne Collier contemporary artwork print
Anne Collier Woman Crying (Comic) #27, 2020 C-print
158.2 x 126.2 cm
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Woman Crying (Comic) #13 by Anne Collier contemporary artwork print
Anne Collier Woman Crying (Comic) #13, 2019 C-print
121.2 x 159.2 cm
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Tear (Comic) #4 by Anne Collier contemporary artwork print
Anne Collier Tear (Comic) #4, 2018 C-print
166.6 x 126.2 cm
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