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SELECTED WORKS BY Tom Hunter

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Tom Hunter
Woman Reading Possession Order

1998

cibachrome print mounted on board

150 x 120 cm
Hunter photographs the people and places of his immediate community. Woman Reading Possession Order, is part of a series of work he made of a group of squatters living in Hackney. In this photo, Hunter borrows his composition and colours from Vermeer’s A Girl Reading At An Open Window. Like Vermeer, Hunter portrays quiet, everyday scenes which give his ‘outsider’ subjects a visible presence and quiet nobility.
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Tom Hunter
Holly Street Tower Block Project Series: Residents of Cedar Court

1997-98

c-type print on foamex

243.8 x 304.8 cm
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Tom Hunter
Holly Street Tower Block Project Series: Residents of Cedar Court

1997-98

c-type print on foamex

243.8 x 304.8 cm
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Tom Hunter
Holly Street Tower Block Project Series: Residents of Cedar Court

1997-98

c-type print on foamex

243.8 x 304.8 cm
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Tom Hunter
Holly Street Tower Block Project Series: Residents of Cedar Court

1997-98

c-type print on foamex

243.8 x 304.8 cm
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Tom Hunter
Holly Street Tower Block Project Series: Residents of Cedar Court

1997-98

c-type print on foamex

243.8 x 304.8 cm
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Tom Hunter
Holly Street Tower Block Project Series: Residents of Cedar Court

1997-98

c-type print on foamex

243.8 x 304.8 cm

OTHER RESOURCES

artfacts.net
Additional information on Tom Hunter

the-artists.org
Modern and contemporary artists and art – Tom Hunter

nationalgallery.org.uk
'Woman reading a Possession Order' is a direct reference to Vermeer's 'A Girl reading a Letter by an Open Window'. The photograph mimics the composition of the painting, with the woman seen in profile, illuminated by the light through a window. Like the Vermeer painting, it also tells a story, but Hunter's narrative is from his own place and time.

nationalgallery.org.uk
This is one of a series of photographs inspired by headlines appearing in Hunter's local newspaper, the Hackney Gazette.
The story beneath the headline 'Living in Hell' told of a 74-year old woman who had been left to live in damp, vermin-infested accommodation condemned as unfit for human habitation.

nationalgallery.org.uk

Hunter's inspiration for his photograph was Piero di Cosimo's 'A Satyr mourning over a Nymph'.

bbc.co.uk - Angels and devils in Hackney at The National Gallery.
It’s a rare thing to see cutting-edge contemporary art in The National Gallery. But that’s what makes photographer Tom Hunter’s latest exhibition, Living In Hell And Other Stories, so ideal.

This exhibition of large-scale photographs is a fascinating play on the frantic sensationalism of the media, particularly in Hunter’s local newspaper, The Hackney Gazette. He parallels the violence, murder, poverty and madness within the pages of the paper with the same themes in the paintings at The National Gallery.

bbc.co.uk - Watch Tom Hunter’s guided tour of "living in hell..."
An explanation of the show
The Rokeby venus as a stripper
Cranach’s depiction of women

whitecube.com
'His seductive, colour saturated works, many based on Vermeer's paintings, expose the myriad situations and living conditions of his sitters, through meticulously planned, dignified, portraits.' Jean Wainwright

rca.ac.uk
RCA graduate Tom Hunter is the first photographer to have a one-man show at London’s National Gallery. Here he talks about his work and how it developed.

yanceyrichardson.com
A variety of additional images – Tom Hunter

artbook.com
In 1998 London-based artist Tom Hunter was awarded the John Kobal Photographic Prize for Woman Reading a Possession Order, an image of a young woman standing at a window reading an eviction notice with a baby at her side. The photograph is part of a series of work that features the community of squatters in Hackney with whom Hunter is familiar, and which he titled Persons Unknown.