How Your Camera Works
What does the material promise, what does it miss?
Peter Miller, Selfportrait with Headlamp, 2009, C-Print 60 × 75 cm © Peter Miller / VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2017 / Courtesy Peter Miller und Galerie Crone
Taking the form of pure artistic research, the exhibition explores the myths and material of photography. It looks at the shift from the print paradigm to new forms of recording. The tour through the exhibits is modelled on a photographic handbook and leads through different stages of the process of photographic production: from exposing and registering the image, to developing and further processing the end result to various output formats of photography. This reverses the view through the viewfinder: artistic works are focusing not on the external world but rather on what is inside the camera, the old and the new logic of photography. Does the new materiality condition the medium’s expressiveness, myths, and values? Do the promises and transgressions of analogue photography translate into computer-based images? Or do unknown errors arise, adding a new vocabulary to the photographic?
In supplement to the current artworks, 19th- and 20th-century illustrated instruction books and manuals, containing original photographs, will be on show together with further objects dealing with photo technology. (curated by Kathrin Schönegg)
With works by: Cuthbert Bede, Kilian Breier, F & D Cartier, Sara Cwynar, Joseph Maria Eder, Olafur Eliasson, Philipp Goldbach, Vesko Gösel, Jochen Lempert, Rosa Menkman, Peter Miller, Floris M. Neusüss, Adrian Sauer, Wolfgang Tillmans, Gaston Tissandier, Louis Vignes & Charles Nègre, Hermann Vogel, Max Wolf