Cig Harvey’s book is a visual autobiography populated by the photographer’s central relationships over the course of more than a decade. Through rich, vibrant photographs and startlingly revealing writing, Cig transforms quotidian experiences that reference time, childhood, and femininity into totems that mark key moments in her life.
As much a document of one woman’s emotional life as it is a catalog of psychological archetypes, You Look At Me Like An Emergency takes the viewer on a literal and metaphorical journey with family, friends, and lovers through fields and forests, dwellings and cities, oceans and caves to finally find a place called home. In seventy-four gorgeously colored photographs and seventeen written vignettes, Emergency conveys the universal quest for personal identity and place in the world.
Cig Harvey was born in England in 1973.
Cig’s photographs are intertwined with a rich narrative and autobiography. Since the age of thirteen, she has found herself captivated by and single-mindedly committed to the medium of photography as a way to tell stories.
Her work has been exhibited widely and are in the permanent collections of major museums including The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the International Museum of Photography, George Eastman House, Rochester, New York. She was a finalist for the prestigious BMW prize at Paris Photo in 2010 and had her first solo museum show at The Stenersen Museum, Oslo, in the spring of 2012.