Anderson & Low, a pair of artists who have collaborated for more than 20 years, sought young models in Asia whose personal styles—makeup, costume, and hairstyle—imitate the animated characters of manga and anime (Japanese comics and animation). For this photograph, they digitally imposed images of two men dressed as anime samurai onto a flat, illustrated color field background. Notice how they subtly enhanced the eyes and glossed the image, blurring the line between living subject and animated character. The resulting photograph evokes a tradition of Japanese samurai films while providing space for the subjects to further explore their self-defined manga identities.


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Artist
Anderson & Low, British, active since 1990
Jonathan Anderson, British, born 1961
Edwin Low, British, born 1957
Title
Untitled (The Sunset Duel)
from the series Manga Dreams
Date
2009-2010, printed 2012
Medium
Inkjet print
Dimensions
Image: 20 × 38 1/2 in. (50.8 × 97.8 cm) Sheet: 24 × 44 in. (61 × 111.8 cm)
Credit Line

Museum purchase funded by Joan Morgenstern

Current Location
Not on view
Accession Number
2013.81
Classification
Photographs
Provenance

Artists, London, England, 2009-2010; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, 2013