Ann Woo


In the _Playing Cards_ series, I utilize a basic motive in the composition of playing cards—concealing information—to illustrate the impossibility of seeking meaning in photographs.

By photographing only the backsides of the cards, I focus on the nuances of the card patterns. Popular legend has it that designs of playing cards have religious, astrological or metaphysical significance, while others claim these interpretations are jokes made to conceal the true intention of gambling. In the most straightforward way, these images of playing cards hint that the attempt to interpret meaning in photographs is also a joke.