Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Tacita Dean - Floh

Although much has been written about the demise of analog photography, no one has explored this subtle shift as elegantly as Tacita Dean. Dean's Floh (2001) is a beautiful swan song to analog photography. As Charlotte Cotton eloquently states,

There's a rich heritage of artists assembling found photographs, but Dean does something that is very rare - she makes a departure within the genre. . . Floh silently eulogizes upon analogue photography's magic and random weirdness, they physical sensation of the photographic snap. The artistic force of Floh is bound up in this particular moment when we can still, just, tell the difference between what we discard with these fragile traces of a richly incoherent and disappearing technology, and the seamless correction of digital media. (photo-eye booklist Spring 2007)

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