Authors: Rutherford

Dates: 13 April-8 May 2015


Since its invention in 1826, photography has provided us with widely different views of the worlds around (and within) us. Scientific and medical photographs give us a window onto a previously invisible world; news and documentary photographs describe the world as others experience it; advertising photographs tempt us with the sugar-plumb world of the sponsor's Product; family snapshots record the world as we will subsequently remember it and, in art galleries, photographs of ‘moments-of-the-world-as-art’ confront us with scenes and events made special by the photographer's attention.

The camera describes the 3-dimensional world we know through binocular vision as a flat surface because, with its monocular ‘eye’, this Cyclops sees it as one. As a result, these photographs are both the record -- and the product of -- the camera’s unique ‘way of seeing’ the world around us. Put another way, these photographs are the result of an active (or ‘act of’) collaboration with the medium of photography in the creation of scenes, events and ‘moments’ that did not exist until they were brought into being by the act of photographing them. The photographs in this series are therefore made (rather than 'taken') photographs.

Source: Manual

Preferred by: Rutherford