This artwork is on view in the Walker exhibition The Living Years: Art after 1989. The text below is the artwork's label written for that exhibition.
Taken during a seven-year period the artist spent in Poland, this image depicts a group of revelers at a Krakow nightclub in 1976. Craigie Horsfield waited 15 years to enlarge and print the image—a delay that is not uncharacteristic for someone who uses the medium of photography as a metaphor for the effects of history and memory. “The pictures themselves are not such somber things,” he writes. “Sometimes they are joyous, sometimes funny. They recall other dreams and other memories, almost familiar things just beyond reach; rather like a still from an unseen film.”