In remembrance of the time when photography involved chemistry, mechanical cameras and an element of mystery, Vienna-based Austrian photographer and artist Matthias Herrmann (b. 1963) returns to the photo studio with an eye toward traditional still life. But these are not the perfect traditional flower-in-a-vase still lives by Robert Mapplethorpe or Irving Penn. Instead, Herrmann strews his images with professional photography equipment—various color filters and film packaging along with alluring studio lighting—in short, anything that says non-digital and reflecting on photography’s 150-year history of technique. Along with over 100 color and black-and-white images, Herrmann folds in a little writing and art—entries from his own journals; a poem by fellow artist, collaborator and friend AA Bronson, past member of General Idea; plus four exquisite watercolor portraits by Spanish artist Sito Mújica. “This is about the vanishing of classical photography as we knew it, symbolized in its packaging, paraphernalia and fetishes,” as Matthias Herrmann writes in one of his journal entries.
6 ½ x 8 ¾ in. / 128 pp / 3 b&w and 109 color
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