The Getty Center is having a show: The Photographs of Ray K. Metzker and the Institute of Design which I just saw and highly recommend.
One of my favorite photographers and artists, Frederick Sommer was represented in the show. Not this image, which was from a show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York but similar work done at the Institute of Design in Chicago where many of the folks in this show worked.
Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has just opened what looks like a great photography exhibit.
The urge to modify camera images is as old as photography itself—only the methods have changed. Nearly every type of manipulation we now associate with digital photography was also part of the medium’s pre-digital repertoire: smoothing away wrinkles, slimming waistlines, adding people to a scene (or removing them)—even fabricating events that never took place.
This international loan exhibition traces the history of manipulated photography from the 1840s through the early 1990s, when the computer replaced manual techniques as the dominant means of doctoring photographs. Most of the two hundred pictures on view were altered after the negative was exposed—through photomontage, combination printing, overpainting, retouching, or, as is often the case, a blend of several processes. In every instance, the final image differs significantly from what stood before the camera at any given moment.
Gary Sharp and I are doing a two person show at The North Bend, Oregon Public Library in June, 2009: The Art of Everyday Objects. These are my submissions.
They’re printed on Hahnemuhle Fine Art Photo Rag paper and cut to 12″ squares mounted in 21″ frames and they look darn good if you ask me (you didn’t but there you have it). We also have notecards of each piece as well.
I think this will be a great show and as always, it’s a pleasure to work with Gary on it.