Making Colour Prints (eleventh edition, twelfth impression), 1946, 2019-2020
Archival pigment print
28 x 36 in
"These photographs continue the path that the negative film boxes began. Like a roll of film packaged in a box, a book is one of many identical units. And like the boxes of film, the books are too old to serve their original purposes. At the time they were published, the books represented then-current technologies of film, all of them analogue, a world that the digital has all but swept away. (Color photography with film survives only for specialized uses, as does black-and-white.) As vestiges of the oblivion into which color photography with film has for all practical purposes vanished, the books have a certain pathos. Negatives are not interpretive, they are exact transformations. Negative colors, for being unfamiliar, can surprise us as the positives of those colors cannot. The photographs show the books in a new way and so redeem them from being curiosities or documents of the obsolete. The film boxes are all from the 1950s, when I learned about photography, and so are obliquely autobiographical. These books are from the same general era, although I did not know any of them when they were published, so this series is more in the nature of an excavation."
"These photographs continue the path that the negative film boxes began. Like a roll of film packaged in a box, a book is one of many identical units. And like the boxes of film, the books are too… more
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