Irish photographer’s project inspired by Hitchcock’s “Vertigo” opens in New York gallery

James Stewart in Vertigo
James Stewart in Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo” (1958).

An Irish photographer, who previously worked in Kenya, has created a series of prints that reinterpreted Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 thriller Vertigo, through a series of prints with co-operation from the director’s estate.

Jean Curran, from Waterford, negotiated an agreement with the Hitchcock Trust and Universal Studios which allowed her to use a rare original negative of the movie to create the work.

The 37-year-old former photojournalist, Curran has worked in Africa telling stories about subjects such as illegal gold mining in Ghana and the lives of fishermen in Kenya. In 2013, she profiled Malawian students in Ireland for a project.

“When I was a foreign correspondent in Kenya, surrounded by other photojournalists, I realised that I wasn’t trying to cover the same stories as them. I started looking at different ways of how I can bring photography closer to the process of painting,” she said.

The Vertigo Project, which consists of 20 dye transfer photographic prints, handmade from the original camera negative of Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece, opened in New York’s Danziger Gallery last week.

“The images follow the narrative of the film,” said gallery owner James Danziger. “But they also work as standalone photographs.”

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