Philadelphia Museum of Art - Collections Object : Untitled

From the series Hands Healing

Eric Avery, American, born 1948. Printed by Roger Haile, American, born 1947.

Photograph taken in Hershey, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America

1977 (negative); 1983 (print)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 9 x 13 1/2 inches (22.9 x 34.3 cm) Sheet: 10 15/16 x 13 15/16 inches (27.8 x 35.4 cm)

© Eric Avery

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Gift of the artist in honor of William H. Helfand, 2010

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Both a practicing doctor and a visual artist, Avery makes work that grapples with the liminal space between art and medicine. This photograph is part of a series called Hands Healing, in which he used the camera to document the hands of a surgeon, an attending physician, and a resident during a ten-hour Pennsylvania State College of Medicine surgical procedure to reattach a severed hand. In so doing, Avery’s series shuttles between an objective, medical gaze and an awareness of a long history of images of spiritual and physical healing.