Removing the object

We all know the saying ‘Absence makes the heart grow fonder’

Absence also has the ability to bring out subtleties that often go undetected or are unseen.

Suska Mackert highlights this beautifully with her retouched enlarged press photographs.

Suska Mackert; enlarged press photographs, retouched.


The original photographs depict the giving and receiving of a form of official decoration. Reworking these images Mackert retouches and removes the jewellery from the image. This small but significant action simply and beautifully enhances the gestures, emotions and intimacy present in this exchange.


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