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Olympus camera present at crucifixion - Celebrated photographer Dennis Morris will be displaying his latest work at "Crucifixion". The exhibition will be showing from 13th June - 13th July 2002 at 1-5 Crucifix Lane, London SE1.
Celebrated photographer Dennis Morris will be displaying his latest work at "Crucifixion". The exhibition will be showing from 13th June - 13th July 2002 at 1-5 Crucifix Lane, London SE1. Dennis's photographs, which were shot using an Olympus camera, document the painful experience of a real-life ceremonial crucifixion.
Dennis Morris is best known for his work with The Sex Pistols and Bob Marley, but his current work features more interesting material. Dennis's photographs at "Crucifixion" offer a fresh treatment of one of the most established themes in Western art.
They depict artist Sebastian Horsley being nailed to a cross, and chart his sufferings as he hangs suspended by his hands. Dennis shot the harrowing sequence in the Philippines, where the ordeal of crucifixion is a popular ceremony in the village Calvary, near Angelese, Philippines.
Sebastian travelled to Calvary and became the first Westerner ever to be crucified. Suffering for the sake of art doesn't come much more painful than this. "An artist has to got to every extreme, to stretch his sensibility through excess and suffering, in order to feel and communicate more" says Sebastian.
Taking the photographs was a disturbing experience for Dennis Morris: "I've seen some pretty extreme sights, but nothing to compare to this. I lost all track of time. It was like living through a whole day and a night in half an hour."
He used an Olympus OM3Ti to capture the brutal images: "I needed an unobtrusive camera. When I'm shooting something as painful and private as Sebastian's experience, I don't want a massive lens. And I like the feel and weight of Olympus' SLR technology."
Sebastian chose Dennis to photograph the ceremony because he knew he could handle extreme subject matter. The artists were both punks in the 70s, and Sebastian was a big fan of Dennis's work with the Sex Pistols.
"Crucifixion" also features paintings and a film installation interpreting Sebastian's crucifixion.