John Fahey
War/Photography, an expansive new exhibition curated by Anne Wilkes Tucker, opened last month at the Brooklyn Museum. The show includes photographs spanning from the Mexican American War in 1848 all the way through the Arab Spring, and features hundreds of images made by dozens of photographers on five continents.
This week on the show I'm joined by photographer Edie Winograde. Edie is based in Denver, and over the last few years she's been making photographs about how we experience history in the landscape. Her latest body of work is called Sight Seen, and it's a collection of photographs Edie made while traveling through National Parks and National Monuments, places like Monument Valley, Niagara Falls and Scott's Bluff. The photos show not only the landscape, but way it's packaged and served up for the eyes of tourists and travelers. Edie's Sight Seen photographs are currently on view at Front Room gallery in Brooklyn. Last week I got a chance to talk with Edie about the show.
Like a scientist, artist Aspen Mays' work is about the search for knowledge. However, unlike a scientist, she's much more interested in the search than the knowledge. For her, science is a kind of lens to explore the vexing and unanswerable questions of life: Questions about the the limits of knowledge, the nature of existence and whether or not we're alone in the cosmos.
Implosions of buildings 65 and 69, Kodak Park, Rochester, New York [#1] October 6, 2007 In his new book, Disappearance of Darkness: Photography at the End of the Analog Age, photographer Robert Burley documents the industrial-scale infrastructure that, for nearly 100 years, supported film photography. For the project, Robert was granted access to shuddered film factories to photograph the massive machines and interior spaces where thousands of workers once made film in total darkness.  He visited Dwayne's photo lab in Kansas: the last photo lab in the world to process Kodak's iconic Kodachrome film. And, for the most dramatic pictures in the book, Robert photographed the demolitions of film manufacturing buildings at Kodak's headquarters in Rochester, New York. For Robert, Disappearance of Darkness is not simply a project about the collapse of an industry. It's also a personal project about loss: the loss of the medium he has used to make a living for most of his life. For this reason, Robert decided to shoot all the pictures for his book on film, using a large format view camera. Last week, I spoke with Robert Burley about his new book, teaching photography to digital natives, and how digital images have changed our relationship to photography. Robert Burley will be speaking about Disappearance of Darkness this Wednesday, April 3rd, at the New York Public Library. Implosions of Buildings 65 and 69, Kodak Park, Rochester, New York [#2], 2007  Dwayne's Photo Lab, Parsons, Kansas December 30, 2010 View of Kodak Head Offices From the Smith Street Bridge, Rochester, NY 2008 Film warehouse, AGFA-Gevaert, Mortsel, Belgium [#1], 2007  Film Coating Facility, Agfa-Gevaert, Mortsel Belgium, #1 2007 Playlist: 00:00 Thomas intro 02:18 Robert Burley: Disappearance of Darkness 07:00 Untitled - Andrew Bird 07:54 Robert Burley: Blowing up Film Factories 10:16 On Parade - Electrelane 12:37 Robert Burley: The Last Roll of Kodachrome 19:14 Cyanide Breath Mint - Beck 20:50 Robert Burley: Double Deja vu 25:12 Sunflower River Blues - John Fahey 26:21 Robert Burley: Post Photographic Age 30:04 New Walk - Liquid Liquid 30:54 Robert Burley: Dematerializing the Photograph 35:45 The Stakeout - Sun Araw 38:52 Finish
The new exhibition Farfetched: Mad Science Fringe Architecture and Visionary Engineering features artworks, images and objects that push the edges of known science and technology. Included in the show are a perpetual motion machine, something called a Quack Shock Helmet, a clock the predicts the end of the world, and lots of flying machines, healing devices and other imaginative creations made by unconventional artists, amateur hobbyists and garage tinkerers.
We may not realize it now, but for much of the 19th and well into the 20th century, the circus was a really big deal in New York City. So much so that when P.T. Barnum's famous sideshow attraction, a dwarf named Tom Thumb, got married in 1863, it was one of the biggest social and media events of the era. Eclipsing, for a time, coverage of the ongoing Civil War.