Sophie Calle, Orphan No 54


During a visit to a Californian cemetery in 1978 Sophie Calle took some pictures of tombstones : They turned out to be her first photographs. Strangely enough, the status of the dead was not described - they were simply being named "mother " , "father" , "brother ". Presenting these photographs in their welded metal frames, they again appear like tombstones. Memory becomes accentuated, and is doubled. The epitaph - in itself a memento - is inflated through the photograph - a memory of a memory.