Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Art and Design
Dr. Susan Richmond
Dr. Kimberly Cleveland
Dr. Gyewon Kim
Viviane Sassen is a Dutch fashion photographer, whose personal work feature people from African descent. Through the employment of the equatorial light, her models’ personal identities and faces are left in the shadow, their dark skin rendered “just” black, depicting the sitters invisible and without personal recognition.
In this thesis I offer an alternative to reading her work whose praise always stay on the surface; I examine her work in relation to the historical and geographical location, offer an analysis to the ontology of the shadow in photography, and examine the treatment of the surface of Sassen’s models.
Washington, Christina P., "Shadow, Skin, and Surface; Examining the Work of Viviane Sassen." Thesis, Georgia State University, 2014.