Erin Solomons' powerful work shows how photography can transcend its function. With unstable source glass plates which deteriorate over time, the photographic prints in the series I never had anyone fight for me are abstract and volatile. Yet they are devastatingly direct: recreating violent events in the theatre of war, they represent the memory of traumatic experiences rather than depicting the events themselves.
Solomons' use of human urine and stomach acid in the fixing process turns the original plates into organic objects. Their changing appearance means that each resulting print is different, reflecting the unreliability of both memory and photography.
In 2016, Solomons was selected as a winner of the prestigious Magnum and Photo London Graduate Photographers Award. She has been exhibited widely, including in shows at Tate Modern, Barbican and Elysium Gallery, Swansea. She is currently studying for a practice-based PhD at the University for the Creative Arts.