Levinson, 1990).In order to capture the intended meaning and significance of his thoughts he adopted the traditional or classical mode of portrait photography. His photos are all two-dimensional, his models posed under his strict instructions and he chose monochrome background settings so as to de-contextualize his photos and to give it a timeless appeal (Abbe, 2004). It is believed that he was much influenced by the photographic style of Edward Weston (Levinson, 1990). The reason of choosing portrait and sculpture photography is purely theme based. Portrait photography helped him in highlighting the different body parts projected in fragments.Serrano made his intentions and purposes behind his photography genre known without being defensive. In his words he claims to be an ‘anti-hero’ or the rebel. After being on drugs till his late twenties, his abstinence and getting back to normal life did create a tremendous impact on his mind. He chose to depict the morbidity that his experiences left behind through subverted religious context and images. His ‘Piss Christ’ that shows Christ submerged in the artist’s urine shocked millions and enraged the religious community (Hartigan, 1991; Levinson, 1990; Elie, 1995). The ironical part of it is that the picture looks ethereal (O’Hara, 1995) unless one reads its title and Serrano has intentionally arranged for this shock treatment (Hackett, 1998). It shows his interpretation of religious iconography (Hartigan, 1991) which is definitely thought provoking if not equally effective (Elie, 1995). He would deliberately use body fluids like. The Art Controversy of Mapplethorpe and Serrano.
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