Thursday, September 2, 2010

Institutional secrets

View from the Window at Le Gras, 1826

"Sometimes there’s a picture to be made. But more often I spend hours just looking, trying to obtain position. I use a very inconvenient camera, and that helps meet the pace of the place(s). The shadow cast by the clarity of these pictures is clouded by a million reluctant conditions". (via Mossless)

I felt instant love for Adam Schreiber's photographs, his catalogue of hidden objects which feels to me like the funny version of Taryn Simon's An America Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar.
Among the many gems I would pick the View from the Window at Le Gras by Nicéphore Niépce (aka the so-called "first photograph ever"), shown as some alien mistery object locked inside an Area 51.

Whitehouse Switchboard

Mi sono subito innamorato delle fotografie di Adam Schreiber, il suo catalogo di reperti segreti che sembra la versione ironica di An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar di Taryn Simon.
Tra le varie perle io scelgo la Vista dalla finestra a Le Gras di Nicéphore Niépce (alias la cosiddetta "prima fotografia della storia") in versione Area 51: tripli vetri, muri corazzati, un segreto da sicurezza nazionale.

Presidential Gift, 1969

All images © Adam Schreiber

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