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The Plot Thickens

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The Plot Thickens

DATE 1/4/2015

The Plot Thickens

"Photography's plot has been thickening since the first photographers made their second photograph," Jeffrey Fraenkel writes in The Plot Thickens, Fraenkel Gallery's intriguing and magnificently produced centuries-spanning survey of mostly unpublished photographs. "Now, 175 years later, the plot has so thickened that little consensus exists about what, exactly, a 'photograph' is. (Several recent museum exhibitions have explored precisely this question.) New forms and functions proliferate, and we find ourselves swamped in images that evaporate, as exemplified by Snapchat, as quickly as they appear. The irony, of course, is that Snapchat itself may speedily evaporate, to be replaced by an even more seductive image dematerialization… For anyone … inclined to pause, look and think about photographs in an age when paying attention may be a disappearing art, the ninety-odd images on [these] pages are guaranteed to reward the effort." Peter Hujar's 1974 Self-Portrait Jumping (II) is reproduced from The Plot Thickens.

Robert Polidori: Chronophagia

DATE 1/2/2015

Robert Polidori: Chronophagia

"Salle d'introduction aux galeries historiques, (2) ANR.01.002, Salles du XVII, Aile du Nord – RdC, Château de Versailles, 1985" is reproduced from Robert Polidori: Chronophagia, in which psychologist David Dorenbaum writes, "The photographs of Polidori unfold in the temporality of an imaginary time. This is a psychic time organized around unconscious traces, around layers of memories. Like superimposed negatives of a photograph, most of them are only accessible to our consciousness in fragments. I keep asking myself what is the notion of time that underlies Polidori's photographs. It appears that time is a structure shared with being. Time is the object in these photographs. However, I can see that they exist in several distinct but converging temporalities. One is constituted by the temporality of the events portrayed, which is superimposed on another temporality, capable of eluding any form of measurement, by telescoping the mental categories of space and time. This is the temporality of human experience that perhaps can be made visible again.
Although I really don't know quite where it came from, I imagine that Polidori achieves this effect through a process like that of the archaeologist attempting to reconstruct a vase from shards found in the field. Through history, but also through his imagination, he is able to establish a link between incongruous events and dislocated chronologies. His photographs set in motion the dynamic forces of the unconscious, his and ours. This is how they enlarge our world: they activate in us a process of transformation of our self-perception. They make us question our impressions of what is beautiful. They make us wonder what will last and what will not. I borrow the splendid title of J.W. Dunne's book published in 1927, and think of the work of Robert Polidori as An Experiment with Time."

Material Forms in Nature: Object:Photo

DATE 1/1/2015

Material Forms in Nature: Object:Photo

"What today has come to be regarded as among the finest bodies of work in early-twentieth-century photography began as a teaching experiment," Hanako Murata writes in Object:Photo, MoMA's astonishing new collection of Modern photographs from the Thomas Walther Collection. "Karl Blossfeldt, a new lecturer at the institute of the royal arts and crafts museum Berlin, was looking for a way to showcase examples of the forms and patterns he discovered in the natural world that he believed should inspire his students' own work. An excellent sculptor, he first created a large, finely modeled dragonfly's wing, but this was dismissed as trivial by the school's director. Blossfeldt came up with an idea of making greatly enlarged photographs of the insect instead. 'This enlargement then proved to be most useful to me in my studies, and thus I hit upon the use of enlarged photographs of small plant forms to assist as yet unskilled students in their work,' Blossfeldt recalled in 1929. 'It is due to this incident and this photograph that I am now publishing my plant photographs thirty years later.'" Blossfeldt's "Acanthus mollis" (1898–1928) is reproduced from Object:Photo.

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