Photograph by Karen Knorr
An interesting project by Karen Knorr with privileged access to London’s Gentlemen clubs of St. James’ in London. Knorr photographs in black and white appear to be taken of a medium format camera and are very sharp and well composed. She has cleverly added texts constructed out of Parliamentary speeches and news she has added new contexts and meanings to these images to put across her ideas of British politics and democracy and the status of women in an entertaining way.
To me, this is a little like the idea of Sophie Calle’s, ‘Take Care of Yourself’. Knorr has taken other peoples text and linked it with carefully composed pictures with a feminist point of view. However, the similarities stop there as Knorr is clearly an outsider and has little in common with her subject; so she has had to use speeches that members of clubs like this have said in Parliament or have been quoted on the news to create a narrative that puts across her documentary message in an entertaining way. Calle on the other hand was an insider as she shared a common experience with fellow women.