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Photographer Franklyn Rodgers pays homage to a figure sacred in his life: his mother, Loretta.
Over several years, Rodgers photographed Loretta and the circle of friends important to her. The large-scale portraits in Devotion recognise the significance of these close-knit relationships: mother and son, and between friends.
His visual care for such deeply personal subjects is evident in the exquisite and refined grandeur of these works, the result of a methodology built on intimacy and trust. Rodgers’ photographs investigate what it means to look into the human face.
Since the mid 1990s, Franklyn Rodgers has established himself as an artist best known for his unique and distinctive photographic portraits - often working with large format and on traditional film.
Rodgers has exhibited internationally, including at the United Nations Headquarters in New York (2011); Southbank Centre in London (2011); National Portrait Gallery in London (2008); Royal Academy in London (2006); The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; and during Les Rencontres d’Arles in France.
His work is held in the permanent collections of the National Portrait Gallery, Tate Britain and Autograph.His first monograph The Philosophy of Strangers was published in October 2007 by Autograph.
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Banner images: 1) Frankyln Rodgers, Loretta Rodgers, 31 January 2006. 2 and 4) Devotion - A Portrait of Loretta gallery installation at Autograph, London. Photograph: Zoe Maxwell. 3) Franklyn Rodgers, Mrs Iris Simms, 2013.
Page images, from top left: 5) Syd Shelton, Ranking Roger, The Beat. Rock Against Racism, Coventry, 1981 6) Devotion - A Portrait of Loretta exhibition opening at Autograph, London. Photo: Zoe Maxwell 7) Franklyn Rodgers 8) Franklyn Rodgers, Doreen Delceita Lawrence, Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon, OBE. 27 March 2018. Commissioned by Autograph.
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