Apparition (Meeting One’s Maker)
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Since the 1980s, conceptual artist Annette Lemieux has appropriated, altered, and recombined found images and objects to create new and unexpected meanings. In this work, Lemieux altered and rephotographed a nineteenth-century tintype that appears to show a man shaking his own hand. Made with a special camera and using double exposure, trick photographs like these were very popular from the 1860s onward, with one advertising slogan proclaiming, “Every Man His Own Twin!” Lemieux’s alterations to the image inject a spookier note, making it seem like the man is confronting his own ghost.