Mirrors is Jeannette Montgomery Barron’s third major body of work. Dissatisfied with attempts at literal self-portraiture, the artist began employing mirrors as metaphors for the self. Each image in the series signifies the artist and her mood the particular day the photograph was produced. At turns quiet, sad, frenzied, and even broken, all of the gelatin silver prints are notably elegant, representing Montgomery Barron’s most sophisticated work to date. Each mirror, throwing back an image it has captured, is a wonderfully complicated and appropriate stand-in for not only the photographic medium, but also the photographic artist herself.
Mirrors is also the title of the artists third monograph available from Holzwarth Publications with an introduction by esteemed author, Edmund White.