I was at the hospital with my son (he just had an operation on his leg and we needed to get him some crutches) and I saw books for sale to raise money for the hospital friends so obviously, I took a look. I found a copy of Private, by Alison Jackson so I had to get it.
Jackson uses lookalikes to stage fake celebrity photographs. Many of them look like paparazzi snapshots of media personalities in compromising situations. They’re funny, but there’s a really important message behind them too because they show up the nature of photography, of how we continue to think of it as truthful even in an age of fake news, and deepfake video and apps.
She’s also exploring the nature of celebrity, and the nature of how we interact with it, the power of the image, and the way we feel we own something of the familiar faces we see on screen.
It’s really worth taking a look at Jackson’s website if you haven’t seen her work, and her latest self published book on Trump looks really interesting. It’s a real shame that publishers have refused to publish because they are wary of legal action being taken against them, even though she makes it very clear the images are false.
Jackson, A. (2004). Private. London: Penguin.