Maxine Helfman: “I find the lack of emotion more emotional”

How did You come up with an idea of the historical correction in photography?

I have always been fascinated with historic paintings, and wanted to do a series based on traditional flemish portraits.  At the same time, I wanted them to have a deeper meaning than simply reproducing them. That was when I decided to use African American models for the series, to challenge history, and reflect cultural changes in the world today.

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Who are the people in pictures?

A mix of models, actors and acquaintances.

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In Your other series of photographs i can see that majority of objects You took are kids. Do they take a large place in Your life?

I love shooting with children…it’s such a fresh perspective.  I think when you catch the emotion of a child, it takes us back to our own childhood…i like that reflection.

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 In Your photographs people are emotionless. What’s behind that?

I find the lack of emotion more emotional. It asks more questions, and allows the viewer to have the emotion.

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