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Hollis Frampton

June 9th, 2012

This is Hollis Frampton with his small but well used hammer. He writes of his series ADSVMVS ABSVMVS (1982)  “One general assumption about photographs is that the process of photographic representation is amount to a preservation or embalming process. The lost presence of the photographed thing, person or situation, is invoked throught a mummified echo, reduced to a husk of the light that once revealed it. The photographic likeness bears a distant, partial, decolorized, or muted resemblance to its ‘subject’; at the same time it has unique qualities of its own, which are entirely independent of what it depicts. Every photograph is potentially a keepsake, like a lock of hair, and a momento mori.ADSVMVS ABSVMVS consists of images of a mumified rat, dried sea food, found road kill etc which act as testements to the  ‘ abstract process of preservation, [of photography]  and its symmetry with natural processes of mumification’. The project using the 4 x 5 camera reacts to ADSVMVS ABSVMVS by attempting to conjoin these two halves of the photographic image to make photo | objects –  both image and  object .

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