Fair Svetlana



Manhood, dreams and disappointment are all concepts conjured up by Fair Svetlana. Borne out of Orli Perel Nir’s (Israel, 1977) enthusiasm for the portrait genre, the series portrays the workers of an old metal factory. Orli’s photographic technique, having used a 4x5 format camera to capture her subjects, enabled her to photograph with multiple focus planes, thus blending each figure with their respective surroundings. This results in a very much deliberate sense of artificiality, as though each portrait is carefully staged and its subject posed. Fair Svetlana is evocative while also contemplative, often walking a fine line between voyeurism and documentary.