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Staudinger Franke’s Submerged Portrait Series, “Barrier”

The image of Shakespeare's Ophelia submerging herself in a river has inspired artists for centuries, from the 19th-century Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood to the contemporary photo studio Staudinger Franke. Their "Barrier" series features female models resting below the water's surface in a way that evokes Hamlet's tragic love interest. While Staudinger Franke typically work in advertising, this personal project shows the sensual, subtle side of their practice.

The image of Shakespeare’s Ophelia submerging herself in a river has inspired artists for centuries, from the 19th-century Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood to the contemporary photo studio Staudinger Franke. Their “Barrier” series features female models resting below the water’s surface in a way that evokes Hamlet’s tragic love interest. While Staudinger Franke typically work in advertising, this personal project shows the sensual, subtle side of their practice.

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