Anne Katrine Senstad is a Norwegian artist living in NYC since the 1990s, who has a highly acclaimed international reputation for her pioneering multi-disciplinary installations of light, video, sculpture and sound, photography, and land art. However, it is little known that in the 1990s Senstad was a portrait photographer on assignment for the New York Times Magazine and other leading publications, to photograph high visibility individuals.
Senstad’s portrait sittings often took place in her Chelsea loft studio, recorded on film with a 4x 5 large format camera. Her photographs of Anita Hill captured the spirit of the remarkable woman who had become a national figure in 1991 following her testimony for the Supreme Court nomination hearing for Clarence Thomas about sexual harassment when she worked in his law office. In a recent interview Professor Hill talked about the continuing public crisis on gender violence, racism, equality and accountability, and called on all political candidates to come up with plans to deal with it as a public health crisis. “I tend to be a hopeful person,” she said. Watch it here.