A cornerstone of fashion photography is its seductive quality, and what draws me to Dana Claxton’s work Kiss Me is how she disrupts Eurocentric ideas around beauty through movement and reflection. In 2006, Claxton produced this series on a three-day photojourney in Paris with the aim to document “Indians” as featured in the Parisian cityscape. Fast-forwarding to what she’s made recently, I see this work as a compelling stepping stone into her ongoing investigations of Indigenous identity, beauty, gender and the body.
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Image: Dana Claxton, Kiss Me, 2006—2022, gelatin silver print, Courtesy of the Artist.