Borrowed Time

Photographs by Caroline Vaughan

Borrowed Time

Book Pages: 112 Illustrations: 66 b&w photographs Published: September 1996

Author: Caroline Vaughan

Contributor: Reynolds Price

Art and Visual Culture > Photography, Gender and Sexuality > LGBTQ Studies

Caroline Vaughan’s photographs offer inspired and surprising visions of landscapes, still lifes, and the human form. In Borrowed Time, her images of nature and people, sometimes surreal and often arresting, follow each other to create a visual poem of opposition and likeness, physical beauty and balance. Compelling the viewer’s attention with delicate rich tones and meticulous technique, she holds the viewer’s gaze even when her subject is difficult. Most highly acclaimed for her psychologically complex but subtle portraits of family, friends, loved ones, and strangers, Vaughan’s work, though widely published and displayed, is collected here for the first time.


“Among the subtle, exquisite studies of landscapes and people, there is a quirkiness and inclusiveness, a sensibility shaped by the awareness of difference.” — Tee A. Corinne, Lambda Book Report

Borrowed Time—life and death, fire and ice, male and female, outer and inner meet timelessness, the narrow temperature zone of life, androgyny, and wholeness in a slow dance that is more complex than it seems at first glance.” — Olivia Parker

“Devastating and quietly revealing. There is something both equalizing and transforming that takes place when a subject is placed in Vaughan’s lens. She has a way of evoking and capturing a moment of intense self-recognition in her subjects.” — Alex Harris

“The sight of any one of a number of photographs by Caroline Vaughan can clean my sight like a fierce but soon forbearing solvent. In her work, the Earth is its full best self—a self from all its billion selves, all things to all creatures: terror and joy, our hope of rescue, our eventual rest.” — Reynolds Price, from the foreword


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Caroline Vaughan has photographed the North American landscape for twenty five years. A student of Minor White at MIT, she was also influenced by Imogen Cunningham. Her photographs have appeared in many publications, including Aperture, Parnassus, and Camera. Exhibited widely, her work has been on display at the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the North Carolina Museum of Art, the Burden Gallery of the Aperture Foundation, and at other museums and galleries across the nation.

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Paper ISBN: 978-0-8223-1817-0 / Cloth ISBN: 978-0-8223-1825-5
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