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Early American--Still Life with Steak
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© Sharon Core
Purchased with funds provided by the Photographs Council

Sharon Core
American, 2008
Chromogenic print
17 3/16 x 23 7/16 in.
2009.78

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Core studied the compositional structure and lighting of still life paintings by Raphaelle Peale for a series of photographs she titled Early American. When she found it difficult to find vegetables that looked like the examples in Peale's paintings, she grew her own from heirloom seeds. Core's methodical approach yields compositions that hover between past and present.