The Alchemists

Martyn Jolly (Creator), Cherine Fahd (Creator), Suzanne Buljan (Creator)

    Research output: Non-textual formHosted Exhibition or Event


    Photographs are both pictures of things and emanations from things. Over the last twenty years all the buzz has been on the picturing side of photography: we are astounded by the latest estimate of the astronomical number of smartphone images uploaded to the internet every second, we are shocked by the latest sickening images tweeted from a violent war zone, we are awed by the majestic detail in the latest mural photograph mounted behind pristine acrylic in an art museum, and we are habituated to the sleek look of digital images either Photoshopped into high-dynamic-range conformity or with one selection from a convenient menu of retro Instagramfilters laid on top. But lately a global movement of artists has been building around the world, not so much interested in the medium as the endless iteration of separately framed scenes, but rather fascinated by it as an ongoing process of chemical and visual becoming. The works they are producing are not photographs of things, they are photographs as things. In various ways these photographers are directly re-approaching the core power of photography the touching of time and light.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationRozelle
    PublisherUniversity of Sydney
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    EventThe Alchemists - Sydney College of the Arts
    Duration: 5 Dec 2015 → …


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