claire peckham 

Medium of disappearance: an essay about self-portraiture & absence in 21 letters

Medium of disappearance was published in the academic journal “Outskirts: feminisms along the edge” in May 2019. The article can be found and read in full on the Outskirts website.


When Claire Peckham began taking photographs, she took only self-portraits. At some point between then and now, she shifted from being a self-portrait photographer to a photographer who was almost never photographed. This cross-genre essay blends autobiography, literary and visual arts criticism to follow that journey, contextualized by three narrative threads that interweave throughout: the life and works of Francesca Woodman, the staging history and language of Macbeth, and the gendered politics of letter writing.