Donigan Cumming

The Mirror, The Hammer, and The Stage

Georges Bogardi, In Camera:
The Photography of Donigan Cumming:

“Cumming's most overt code of action is posing. His models are hyperactively involved with the camera. Unlike the traditionally passive or unaware subjects of traditional documentary, they are full participants in the creative project. They play out multiple lives rather than living one, and the camera reanimates them with every shot. Each posed gesture serves to point an accusing finger at the cultural codes of documentary reduction to Truth, at the gaping chasms underneath the fragile link between cause and effect.”


Photographic Resource Center, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. - 1992
Museet for Fotokunst, Odense, Denmark - 1992 • Norrköpings Konstmuseum, Norrköping, Sweden - 1993
Aineen Taidemuseo, Tornio, Finland -1993 • Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland - 1994
Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany - 1994