Hannah Collins
Hannah Collins

The Knifethrower


Total concentration, precise execution, minimal margin for error. If there is a mental state that is the polar opposite of contemporary distraction, it is that of the knife thrower. Focused on a single objective, oblivious to any distraction, with simple and concise movements and a maximum level of attention, body and spirit synchronized to the millimetre, this artist specializing in high-risk juggling, in which any mistake can be fatal, cannot allow themselves to be hurried or to multitask. Their zen attitude is an inspiration.

This photograph, taken in the 1980s, is part of a series by Hannah Collins in which she invited professionals from different fields to her studio to be photographed while carrying out their jobs. This knife thrower from the Great Moscow State Circus, who had recently arrived in London, answered one of the advertisements.

Hannah Collins was born in London in 1956 and she currently and currently lives between Almeria and his hometown. is a photographer and filmmaker. Photographer and filmmaker, she studied at the Slade Shool of Fine Arts in London and in the United States on a Fulbright Scholarship. She has taught in schools such as the University of California and was visiting professor at Le Fresnoy Studio (France) and The Royal College of Art, London. Her work has been recognized with such outstanding awards as the Turner Prize nomination in 1993, the European Photography Award in 1991, the Olympus Award in 2004 or the Spectrum International Prize for Photography awarded by the Sprengel Museum in Hannover in 2015. Hannah’s work has been widely exhibited around the world in museums, art centers, fairs or institutions as prominent as the Centre Pompidou, Paris Photo, SFMoma, Tate Gallery, Centre National de la Photographie, Centre d’Art Santa Mònica, Artium, Somerset House, Walker Art Museum, Fundacion Tàpies, Camden Art Centre, Fundació Suñol or Whitechapel Gallery, among many others, and is part of public and private collections including the MACBA in Barcelona, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, the Tate Modern or The Victoria and Albert Museum in London.


The Knifethrower

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