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A Life Exposed: Robyn Beeche
A Life Exposed: Robyn Beeche 
Sydney-born Robyn Beeche became renowned in London when she created iconic images of the 1980s. At a time when the fashion and art worlds were rich with experimentation, she collaborated closely with counterculture personalities such as designers Zandra Rhodes and Vivienne Westwood, punk impresario Malcolm McLaren and performance artists Divine and Leigh Bowery. Using the human body as a blank canvas on which to splash images, Beeche used tricks of make-up, lighting and composition to present trompe l'oeil techniques to great effect, long before Photoshop existed. These trademark shots featured in international publications, setting the style zeitgeist for a generation and inspiring video clips and album covers for pop luminaries David Bowie and Visage.

Weaving between Australia, London and India, A Life Exposed uses observational footage, interviews, stills and unique archival footage of Beeche's 1980s London studio shoots, as well as her photographs of India. Exploring themes of transformation, spectacle, ritual and tradition, the film takes viewers into the energetic world behind Beeche's process of constructing images, and examines the new meaning she found for photography in India.

A Life Exposed would be an excellent film to show to middle and senior secondary and tertiary students of the following subjects: Photography, Studio Arts, Media Studies and Civics and Citizenship.
 

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Learning Areas Media Studies, Visual Arts & Design
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