Contact Sheet 139: Rik Pinkcombe
Paperback: 48 pages
Publisher: Light Work (December 1, 2006)
This catalogue features the work of British photographer Rik Pinkcombe. The images of his series, Perception and Deception, were taken mostly in the Syracuse area. They have been digitally distorted and manipulated to represent the way that people’s vision can become altered by outside pressures and influences such as consumerism, religion, government, education, and sports.
One of the main themes behind Pinkcombe’s work is identity–he is particularly interested in how outside influences affect who people are. In some photographs he looks at racial identity through images of borders, bridges, and traffic stops, which link communities and also symbolize immigration and emigration. He also creates what he calls “theater images,” where the photographs are manipulated and stripped of so much information that they begin to look like film sets, theater sets, or models.
This catalogue includes an essay by Hannah Frieser.
Pinkcombe currently lives in London, England. He attended school at Blackpool College of Lancaster University. Originally trained as a commercial photographer, Pinkcombe shifted to art photography after a prolonged battle with leukemia made him reevaluate his life. He participated in Light Work’s Artist-in-Residence program in March 2005. Recent exhibition venues include the Stephen Lawrence Gallery in Greenwich and the 921 Gallery in Hackney, Great Britain.
He participated in Light Work’s Artist-in-Residence program in March 2005. Pinkcombe’s residency was sponsored by Autograph ABP located in London.