Jeff Wall – The Luminist

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Jeff Wall – MoMA February 25–May 14, 2007

From The New York Times Magazine:

Beginning in 1982, through the re-creations that he calls “cinematographic photography,” Wall circumvented the problem. Typically, he would see something, often a small event with compressed human drama and political overtones: two working-class women absorbed in a heated conversation; a man making a racist gesture to an Asian passer-by; a dejected Vietnamese man standing beneath a tree. Rather than snap it, he would go home, think about this glimpse of everyday life or popular culture and then, if he wanted to proceed, hire performers to re-enact the scene. He argues that the sharpness of his resulting image comes close to what the ever-adjusting and -compensating eye perceives, a precision that usually eludes the documentary photographer.

Read the full article here.

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2 comments
  1. Do you have the issue? The cover is pretty cool. Finished it yesterday. Kinda depressing, maybe thats me? it’s probably me. Looking forward to the show though.

  2. I’m a big fan of Jeff Wall, I particularly like his Vampire’s Picnic or maybe it is Feast. I’m very poor at remembering names.

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