In July 2010, Caitlin Cronenberg self-published her first book of photography, POSER, a collection of nude portraits. The book was released to critical acclaim and has been selling consistently in major and independent book stores across the country.
POSER is a collection of nude and partially nude photographs meant to explore each subject’s reaction to the experience of posing nude. The photographer offered no direction and simply allowed the subject to have a natural reaction to the encounter. Each shot was framed and lit in exactly the same way, shifting the emphasis from stylistic decisions to the dialogue between the photographer and her subjects. The images are not meant to be an exploration of the naked body as such, but rather a record of the postures, expressions and emotions generated by that specific shared moment. The moment is pure and vulnerable, as the subjects let a second of their lives be documented through photography.
The foreword was written by actor Jeff Goldblum
As a whole, the photographs stand as a record of a series of intimate moments, as well as a type of map: each subject is linked to each other through their experience, not only for the photographer, but the viewer who, even without knowledge of the relationships or chronology, will be aware that each person stood and undressed in the same room for the same woman, before the same lens.
Each photograph is accompanied by a story of how the subject ended up naked in a small studio office. Some stories began when the photographer and subject were on the playground together as five-year-old children. Others began the moment the subject walked through the door, but each story is meaningful and adds an element of depth and intimacy to the photographs.
The sense of similitude or unity emphasized by the identical situation and setup also serves to highlight the sense of difference regarding the subjects, who vary in age, race, body type and situation. These bodies share pages in this book, not through virtue of their status as photographic subjects, but through the fact that each self, each person, shared a common experience, one that highlighted their differences while providing a lasting link.