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United States of America born 1944

No title (snow on trees). 1976 Materials & Technique: photographs, paper; photographic emulsion gelatin silver photograph, toned Support: paper

Dimensions: printed image 20.3 h x 25.4 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1979
Accession No: NGA 80.1052

Informed by conceptual art and the New Topographic photographers, the style and intention of Connor’s photographs are nonetheless highly idiosyncratic. Her most enduring theme has been the symbiotic relationship between nature and human existence and an attempt to depict photographically an ancient and enduring life force; notions no doubt informed by her Buddhist training. Through her photography Connor is able to access what she has described as a childlike ‘state of absorption and wonderment, of unfiltered experience’. Connor’s nonconformity can also be seen in the fact she rarely works in series or sequences. At the time of making these images she used a large-format camera with a particularly soft focus lens passed down through the family, to produce individual images made from 8x10 inch negatives, contact printed and exposed by the sun.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra