Saturday, May 21, 2016

Vogue Italia Features Ruth Kaplan's "Bather" Series in Photostories

Steam Room, California, 1992 © Ruth Kaplan /
Courtesy of Stephen Bulger Gallery

May 18, 2016    by REDAZIONE

“Bathers” explores the social theatre of communal bathing. This project began in the nudist hot springs of California in 1991. By participating in the baths myself, I was became accepted and was able to make photographs.

From the Californian new-age retreats I travelled to Eastern Europe to experience a more traditional form of the ritual. The generous array of body types and ages became a component of the work as did the decaying architecture of the pools. I then travelled to the high-tech spas of Western Europe, and completed the project in Moroccan hamams and Icelandic hot springs in 2002. The duality of being both voyeur and participant throughout this project offered me a way into a world considered private. - Ruth Kaplan

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