Sam Taylor-Wood was born in 1967 in London, England and graduated from Goldsmith’s College in 1990. As a filmmaker and photographer, Taylor-Wood constructs scenes and worlds that are emotionally charged and explore the inner thoughts of her subjects. Her interest in the structure and technical devices of both photography and film runs throughout her work. Further, her photographs often reference Renaissance and Baroque art as in Wrecked
, 1996, which recalls Leonardo’s The Last Supper
In 1995, Taylor-Wood began a photographic series titled Five Revolutionary Seconds
. Five sequential photographic stills create a panorama that portrays different people engaging in different activities in the same setting. It is the viewer’s role to render the narrative itself and to determine the passage of time. Since 1995, Taylor-Wood has created over ten different scenes and variations of the original piece. In 2004, Taylor-Wood filmed David
, which featured sleeping British soccer star David Beckham, and offered an alternative and private view of the often frenzied world of a celebrity.
In 1997, she received the Illy Café prize for Most Promising Young Artist at the Venice Biennial, and in 1998, she was nominated for the Turner Prize at the Tate Gallery in London. The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC, held an exhibition of her work in 1999, titled Directions
. In 2001, Taylor-Wood directed the music video for Elton John’s I Want Love
, which starred Robert Downey Jr. She lives and works in London.
Goldsmiths College, London, England (1987-1990)
Northeast Polytechnic, London, England (1987-1988)
Nominee, Turner Prize, Tate Gallery, London, England (1998)
Illy Café Prize for Most Promising Young Artist, Venice Biennial, Venice, Italy (1997)