Jan Dibbets’ dissenting and unashamedly biased Pandora’s Box offers nothing less than a reinterpretation of the entire history of art photography, arguing that scientific photography was the realm where the medium’s real innovations happened. “Scientific photography encouraged a freer, more outgoing use of the medium,” says Dibbets. “The whole problem with photography is that it was invented at the wrong time. As Baudelaire so rightly pointed out, the first photographers were doing their best to imitate artists like Ingres and other ‘realists.’ All this imitation ... blocked the process of emancipation.”
The result of Dibbets' alternative history is some 300 images, with Nicéphore Niépce, Gustave Le Gray, Étienne-Jules Marey and Edward Muybridge rubbing shoulders with photographers less well known but, in Dibbets’ view, equally crucial. Their direct descendants are Karl Blossfeldt, Man Ray, Alexander Rodchenko, Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand and, more recently, Bruce Nauman. Augmented with quotations from Baudelaire, Le Gray and Alvin Langdon Coburn, Dibbets’ book gives a fascinating and fresh take on the history of the medium.
PUBLISHER Paris Musées
BOOK FORMAT Hardcover, 8.75 x 12.75 in. / 256 pgs / 100 color / 200 bw.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 8/23/2016 Active
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: FALL 2016 p. 124
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9782759603343TRADE List Price: $45.00 CDN $60.00 GBP £40.00
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This classic artist's book by Dutch Conceptualist Jan Dibbets (born 1941) documents the artist's researches into the European robin through his readings of books on the subject. The book was originally published by Seth Siegelaub with Walter Koenig in 1970.
PUBLISHER Zédélé Editions/Reprint collection
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 4.75 x 7.25 in. / 32 pgs / 14 bw.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 11/24/2015 Active
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: FALL 2015 p. 139
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9782915859454TRADE List Price: $14.95 CDN $21.00
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