We Once Were is a series of portraits by Susanne Mitchell, inspired by a group of glass plate negatives from the late 1800’s–early 1900’s. Mitchell enlarges parts of the “found” portraits into photolithographic negatives, prints them onto stained birch plywood and embellishes the imagery with painting and drawing. Removing the portraits from their original context and reinvestigating their meaning captures the melancholy and sadness in these anonymous, discarded photographs.
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