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A black and white portrait of Joanna and Michael Ronikier by Craigie Horsfield.

Craigie Horsfield
Joanna and Michael Ronikier, 1993

Is Horsfield interested in human vulnerability?

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Horsfield lets us look into this black-and-white portrait without any preconceptions because it is a large, unique print and the result of professional work in the darkroom.

This portrait is intimate, but his ambition is to describe the history of our century and the centuries of the human condition prior to that. It expresses a commitment to people, a warmth for the other. These are visual musings. To appreciate the photo, it should be cold outside and warm inside, comfort in the illusion of safety.

The photo makes us think about what is not and what could be, about what is no longer, about what may happen or maybe will not anymore. Horsfield uses the concept of ‘relationship’, the connection between people, between ourselves and the world. It is not just about taking a good photo, he wants to collect evidence of how we as individuals are a part of history.

Horsfield uses the term ‘slow time’ to interpret his view of history not as something from the past that is independent of our experiences, but as a deepening of the present.