Untitled, from the Morning and Melancholia series, 2001
chromogenic development print
7 3/8 x 9 1/2 inches on 11 x 14 inch paper
Signed Edition of 60
In her first series of published photographs, titled Venus Inferred, Laura Letinsky took as her subject heterosexual couples intimately engaged and tried to show us what love looks like. Letinsky's pictures of love are lit by Necco Wafer colors-peach, blue, green and yellow-and contained within an elegant formality. These visual attributes are fully unleashed in her most recent series, Morning and Melancholia, still-life compositions discovered in the remains of daily meals. Together, both series of photographs offer an extended essay on the domestic arena and, according to Letinsky, the photograph's transformative qualities. A graduate of Yale University's MFA photography program, Letinsky is assistant professor on the Committee of Art and Design at the University of Chicago.