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Jan Groover | Amerikanischer Fotograf

Jan Groover, (born April 24, 1943, Plainfield, New Jersey, U.S.—died January 1, 2012, Montpon-Ménestérol, France), American photographer who experimented with space and illusion in large-format still-life tableaux that featured everyday objects, particularly kitchen utensils arranged in a sink. She was probably best remembered for her conceptualist works: colour diptychs and triptychs depicting street photography, notably the whizzing by of vehicles in a brief span of time.

Groover studied painting at the Pratt Institute, New York City (B.F.A., 1965), and the Ohio State University (M.F.A., 1970), but she turned to photography in 1971. After winning (1978) a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, she purchased her first large-format camera. Groover was influenced by the works of 14th- and 15th-century still-life masters as well as those of Paul Cézanne and Giorgio Morandi and by the stop-action imagery of British photographer Eadweard Muybridge. She taught for more than a decade at the State University of New York and counted among her pupils Gregory Crewdson, der auch für seine kunstvoll inszenierten Fotografien bekannt wurde.

Eine Retrospektive ihrer Arbeiten fand 1987 im Museum of Modern Art in New York City statt. 1991 wurden Groover und ihr Ehemann, der Maler Bruce Boice, von der amerikanischen Politik enttäuscht und zogen nach Frankreich , wo sie mit einer noch größeren Kamera Bilder von Kirchen, Friedhöfen und Landschaften aufnahm.