Willie DohertyThe Bridge 1992

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Willie Doherty (born 1959)
The Bridge
Date 1992
Medium2 photographs, black and white, on paper mounted onto aluminium panel
Dimensionsimage (each): 1220 x 1830 mm
Acquisition Purchased 2003
Not on display


The Bridge is a diptych consisting of two black and white photographs of the bottom deck of a two-tier road bridge. The work was produced in an edition of three plus one artist’s proof; Tate’s copy is second in the edition. Each image appears to have been taken from different ends of the bridge looking down the roadway. The bridge is empty of traffic in both images, although in the right panel two white circles in the distance denote the lights of an approaching or retreating vehicle. The photographs are taken from a low perspective so that the road tilts up towards the viewer. The space between the roadway and the top deck of the bridge appears uncomfortably compressed… (read more)

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