Hannah Starkey

Hannah Starkey is another photographer who stages her work. She recreates everyday, banal moments of women going about their daily routines.

  • Stages her scenes
  • Although her scenes are staged, they do resemble street photography
  • Narratives include issues of class, race, gender, and identity from the female perspective
  • Her subjects are usually female
  • Employs cinematic stylisation to evoke emotions in her work
  • She often titles her works “Untitled” thereby creating a disconnection with events and places
  • Composition plays a large role in conveying the emotional disconnect
  • Unlike Jeff Wall, she does not depict movement or people speaking in her images
  • She finds inanimate subjects more contemplative than those in motion
  • Uses mirrors and reflections. Mirrors and reflections provide a sense of abstraction and leave the interpretation of the image open-ended:

the area in the picture that is a window or a mirror is a route of escape – I mean for the subconscious mind travelling through the picture

The Telegraph

Reference List

Costello, Diarmuid (2011). Hannah Starkey in Conversation [online]. The Telegraph. Available from: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/photography/8283609/Hannah-Starkey-In-Conversation.html [Accessed 23 February, 2016]


Ewing, William. Hannah Starkey Selected Works [online]. Saatchi Gallery. Available from: http://www.saatchigallery.com/artists/hannah_starkey.htm [Accessed 23 February, 2016]

Battersby, Mathilda (2011) Hannah Starkey: Twenty-Nine Pictures. [online] Independent. Available from: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/art/features/hannah-starkey-twenty-nine-pictures-2187389.html [Accessed 23 February, 2016]

Falconer, Morgan (2001). Hannah Starkey born 1971. [online] Tate Modern. Available from: http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artists/hannah-starkey-2683 [Accessed 23 February, 2016]

Hannah Starkey, Maureen Paley, London [online]. Aesthetica Magazine. Available from: http://www.aestheticamagazine.com/448427-2/ [Accessed 23 February, 2016]


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