staged photography

A posed scene or performance enacted before the camera similar to tableaux vivants (living pictures). It can include studio portraiture and scenarios involving people that are directed or manipulated by the photographer. The genre is exemplified by Jeff Wall (b.1946) - see his masterpiece: A Sudden Gust of Wind (after Hokusai) (1993, Tate Collection, London); and by Cindy Sherman (b.1954) - see for instance herUntitled Film Stills series (1977-80).