The Human Touch

Making Art | Leaving Traces

Manual labour

Nicola Bensley visited Frank Auerbach to photograph him in his studio and noticed how he posed his right hand while talking. ‘I managed just three frames of this remarkable hand… but the result was all I could have hoped for. To me the image evokes his art, his painting, his tireless work ethic’. Here Auerbach’s hand takes on monumental proportions and becomes his portrait.

Nicola Bensley (b. 1968)
Hand of Frank Auerbach
Silver gelatin print, 50.8 x 40.6 cm
Katrin Bellinger Collection. © Nicola Bensley

Section: Three

Manual labour
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