Alina 2004 by Bettina von Zwehl

Winter 2004 /5

The Photographers’ Gallery, 5 Great Newport Street



“Bettina von Zwehl’s subtle and unnerving photographic portraits are always the result of her orchestrating a climate within which her subjects are unable to fully control the manner of their representation. This series portrays young women photographed at a contemplative moment.  Her subjects sat in a soundproofed space in the dark and were played a mesmeric piece of music by the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt called Fur Alina (1976).  During the second half of the piece, bright flash lights were activated and von Zwehl photographed the women still meditating on Pärt’s music.”


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