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

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Currently not on view

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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.