Defining the photograph

Writer Roland Barthes

‘When we define the Photograph as a motionless image, this does not mean only that the
figures it represents do not move; it means that they do not
emerge, do not leave:
they are anesthetized and fastened down, like butterflies.’

Roland Barthes in Camera Lucida: Reflections on photography

Instant and forever – surreal Polaroid art by Wendy Bevan

This is a selection of images from Inventory: 10 Polaroid Years, an exhibition featuring London photographer Wendy Bevan’s archive, currently on show at The Cob Gallery, London.

Wendy Bevan is known for her surreal aesthetic, and a tender, sympathetic portrayal of the feminine form, working exclusively in Polaroid film.

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The point of these photographs? Real interaction…

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Recently, French artist JR (whom Raffi Khatchadourian wrote about here) took over The New Yorkers Instagram feed to document his new large-scale participatory art project, ‘Inside Out‘.

JR and his team opened a specially designed photo booth in New York’s Times Square, a location which attracts some 400,000 daily visitors. He invited passersby to take self-portraits and then he printed three-by-four-foot black-and-white versions of the resulting photo booth images and pasted them to the ground in various locations.

The goal of the project was to allow each portrait-taker to express through his or her face a message to the world.
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