Angela Strassheim

Before receiving her MFA from Yale in 2003, Angela Strassheim became certified as a forensic photographer. She did crime scene, evidence, and surveillance photography in Miami and, while working in New York, photographed autopsies. Her first exhibited work was a photograph of a naked woman on an unkempt bed who had committed suicide, and subsequent photographs feature a hospital X-ray room, a body in an open casket, and a bloody surgical saw. But many of Strassheim's vivid color photographs depict less dramatic, even banal, objects and figures, and she identifies her subject matter as "the Midwest and the middle-class American family with the dog, etc." Yet the lessons of forensics have lingered, and scientific detachment, meticulous symmetry, and clinical lighting pervade each of her images.

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