Shae DeTar Another World

Shae DeTar’s otherworldly images of the female form

The model-turned-imagemaker’s debut book brings together her decade-long series of painstakingly hand-painted photographs, which celebrate women’s bodies in all their glory

Shae DeTar has built a career blurring the lines between contemporary art and fashion photography. The self-taught imagemaker has exhibited her work in galleries all over the world, while her experimental mixed-media practice has attracted commissions from the likes of New York Magazine and Canadian fashion brand Aritzia.

The photographer’s previous career paths also imbue her practice today; at the age of 13 she was acting in commercials and theatre productions, before being scouted by a modelling agent and ending up in Milan, then moving back to New York to go to art school, and running her own vintage shop. DeTar’s decision to teach herself to shoot analogue was something of a whim but felt right almost immediately, she tells CR. “The first prints I made, I immediately began painting on them. I eventually moved on from analogue to focus more of my time making my hand-painted photos at a larger scale.”

Having spent the last decade building up both the commercial and more experimental sides of her practice, it finally felt like the right time to bring together one of her longest-running projects in photo book form. “Another World has been a 12-year journey of making hand-painted, mixed-media photographs of women in epic landscapes, mostly in the nude,” she says.

All images from Another World, published by Skeleton Key Press © Shae DeTar