Tuesday, May 06, 2008

"The Antiquarian Avant-garde."

I found this article a couple weeks ago and just got around to reading it. The article is 5 years old but compliments nicely the two current shows in Portland on the Antiquarian Avant-garde and the continued interest in working in the silver medium and eschewing the digital one.

"Sally Mann said the wet plate collodion process allows her to be totally involved in the act of making an image. "For me, 19th-century photography is simply unsurpassed," she told Rexer." Its artists conducted a comprehensive investigation of what the camera could elicit. They wanted to know what the camera had to do with reality. It is not that they wanted to see what the world looked like. They wanted to see what it looked like photographed. And that is still the point."

Your damn right.


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