Creating photographs without a subject or a camera may sound ridiculous but the resulting large-scale images by photographer Brittany Nelson speak for themselves. “Alternative Process” is the result of various experimentations with historical photographic processes like Tintype, Daguerrotype, Mordancage, and Halochrome. More images below. Also, video of Nelson talking about the chemistry processes behind her work!
After numerous prototypes, Kelli Anderson perfected a sequence of cuts and folds that could turn an ordinary piece of paper into a fully functional camera. The Book is a Camera is the ultimate pop-up experience: a book that not only explains how cameras work but actually becomes one!
The coolest part is you can support Kelli and purchase the book here but she specifically designed her pinhole camera under a Creative Commons share-alike license so you can also download the template yourself, build it, examine it, and use the knowledge to even make your own variant!
Kelli and I both spoke at Blend here in Vancouver and her talk was one of my favourites. She spoke about a wide variety of her past work including her counterfeit New York Times newspaper (she produced hundreds of thousands of copies and distributed it on the streets of New York), her amazing stop-motion tribute to the Eameses’ iconic film “Power of Ten” using images sourced from Google Images, and her paper record player/wedding invitations.
She’s the kinda person it’s almost hard to write about because she’s doing so many wildly different things. She’s currently working on a music video so stayed tuned for that!
More images and a video of her book/camera below!
Each issue of the bi-annual art photography magazine, Aint-Bad, focuses on a specific theme or cultural observation. The subject of their latest issue: the selfie! As they’re quick to note: “Some surprising things happen when you put out a bold, seemingly dangerous, call for selfie submissions…” Click below for a sneak peak at Aint-Bad’s provocative Self-ie issue!
Performance artist, Jared Bark’s work was recently on display at Southfirst Gallery in New York City. Curated by Maika Pollack, Photobooth Works, 1969-1976 marked Bark’s first solo exhibition in over 35 years. While he initially used actual public booths around the city, Bark eventually acquired one of his own, experimenting with various interconnected lines and shapes in addition to using his own body for different sets of photographs. See more images below.
In “Historic Present,” Korean artist Sungseok Ahn combines past and present by shooting old images of historical locations on screens that line up perfectly with the present-day. Creating such a stark overlap, Ahn’s work explores issues of memory, the rapid passage of time, as well as the way history is treated. More images from his series below.