At each blow, at each shot, with its power of stupefaction the photographic act casts over the world a transparent, paralysing veil. Like a fixing bath, it never fails to fix the world in all its stiffness and contractions, endowing each figure with the immovility of stone, even when that stone is made of paper: frozen paper – needless to say – paper frozen with dread, freezing cold, literally filmed-over for all eternity. Covering everything with a fine transparent film.
Philippe Dubois,The Photographic Act, 1983
I am interested in how photography as a field of knowledge is a carrier of exclusive cognitive properties. The general name of my project is Uses of Photography.
Photos of others belongs to a group of three series that study the nature of the photographic act.
Photos of others is a series of photographs taken with the shutter in B position while an unknown person is taking a photograph using flash. I hold the shutter open and right after the other photographer’s flash fires I release it. The resulting image reveals the photographic act. All its instances are present here—the photographer, her/his camera, the source of light, and the operation of photography over time and space. The photograph presents a sharp area, illuminated by the other person’s flash, the actual photograph that the unknown photographer is taking, and a blurry area flowing outside the boundaries of this other person’s photograph, shows how the photograph cuts itself from the continuity space-time. The out-of-time and the out-of-frame generated by this action completes the depiction of the photographic act. This synchronic cut from this continuity constitutes the photographic gesture.
(Buenos Aires/Argentina). He had a solo show at the Museum of Modern Art of Buenos Aires (MAMbA) in 2001 and he participated in shows at the Reina Sofi?a Museum, Madrid (2000-1), at PS1/MoMA (2008-9) and El Museo del Barrio, New York (2002) and the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Philadelphia (2003). He co-curated “Notations/The John Effect Today” at Hunter College, together with Dr Joachim Pissarro, Bibi Calderaro and Michelle Yun. In 2002 he is included in Blink, from Phaidon Press, London. In 2006 Blue Sky Gallery (Portland, OR) published a book on the series People facing their birthday cakes. He earned a B.Sc. in Chemistry and Biochemistry in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1984. He studied History of Photography and Photographic Aesthetics with Guggenheim Fellowship Recipient Juan Travnik between 1986-1989. In 2010 he earned an MFA in Studio Arts at Hunter College (CUNY/City University of New York) where he also started to teach in 2009. His work is represented in several public collections including those of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, and the Museums of Modern Art of Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro. He lives and works in New York since 1997.
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