Jan Groover


In the late 1970s, photography turned in on itself. When photographers pointed their cameras out to the world, now they were often looking to find something about pictures themselves. How do they operate in the mind? What are their stratagems? The work produced under the pressure of those questions we call postmodern. Jan Groover, who was 68 when she died Jan. 1, was one of the movement's slyest inquiring photographers. Her rich, silvery still lifes of utensils were both lush and cerebral, teasing the intellect through the senses. She was comfortable with beauty but never satisfied with that alone.


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