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"This is Not a Photograph: Fifteen Contemporary Artists"
2001-08-03 until 2001-10-07
Bayly Art Museum
Charlottesville, VA, USA

The images in the show, produced without cameras, raise the question: Is camera-less photography really photography Featuring the photographic work of 15 artists who have exhibited worldwide, the show extends the long tradition of experimentation with materials since the creation of the photographic process. One of the inventors of photography, William Henry Fox Talbot, made photographic drawings without a camera, producing an image from objects placed on photo-sensitive paper and exposed to light. Talbot's early experiments proved that the basic elements of photography are light and a photo-sensitive surface -- but not necessarily a camera.

Within that broad definition, This is Not a Photograph, showcases the works of contemporary artists who experiment with the tools, materials and processes of photography. Some of the artists do use objects; others create images from photographic material itself; still others literally draw with light.

The exhibition features works by Heike Bartels, David Berg, Christopher Bucklow, Ellen Carey, Alain Gerard Clement, Susan Derges, Adam Fuss, Christopher Giglio, Jonathan Kline, Daniel Levin, Amanda Means, Daro Montag, Kuniť Sugiura, Cheryl Van Hooven, and James Welling. The work by Sugiura is part of the museum's permanent collection.

A catalog accompanies the exhibition, curated by Roger Sayre and organized as a traveling show by Pamela Auchincloss Arts Management. Its showing at the Bayly Art Museum is made possible by Art$ and the Arts Enhancement Fund.

IMAGE:
Kunie Sugiura,
Stacks Irises B6 Positive, 1997
Toned gelatin silver print, 24 x 20 inches,
Private Collection


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