The works in this show are conceived as a tribute to the elderly of Lisbon, Portugal, as well as elderly anywhere. They have two sources: (1) photographs Otto took in 2003 that were affixed to house walls in the medieval district of Mouraria, Lisbon, and (2) variations of self-portraits Otto took in Lisbon in 2009.
“My goal has been to evoke a symbolic – rather than realistic – sense of the person in focus. I’ve treated my photographic materials as components of an imagined portrait that unites the person portrayed with his or her surroundings and circumstances. In doing so, I’ve disregarded conventional boundaries between photography, painting, and graphics.”
- Otto Laske