Join us Tuesday May 6, 2008
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Barbara Probst will be present to sign copies of her book, Barbara Probst: Exposures.
Barbara Probst likes to arrange for several photographers to record the same subject at precisely the same moment, with various cameras and films, from different angles and distances. In one grouping, a vibrant image of a woman in a crosswalk is accompanied by the same moment inscribed in grainy black-and-white, from above, through a window. One suggests voyeurism, another incorporates the slipshod framing of a snapshot, and the first, on reconsideration, more closely resembles a runway shot of a model on the move.
These multiple exposures are more than a meditation on the event being recorded - the diversity of images points out the ways photographers direct and classify their images in the making, and brings to light the viewer's active role in reading them. Probst, born in Munich in 1964, divides her time between Germany and New York, where she was recently included in New Photography 2006 at The Museum of Modern Art.
Writing in Artforum critic Brian Sholis comments:
"(Probst's) photographs evoke Christopher Williams's deconstructions and Eadweard Muybridge's time-lapse studies. But Probst's fruitful investigation of photography's characteristics (and the operations of human memory) distinguishes her from both precursors and peers."
Barbara Probst has also been included in the newly published Photo Art: Photography in the 21st Century.
Barbara Probst: Exposures was published in conjunction with an exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago.
This event is being held in conjunction with an exhibition at Jessica Bradley Art + Projects.
1450 Dundas Street West
Opening Wednesday, May 7, 2008, 6.30 to 8.30 pm.
Introduction by Karen Irvine
Essay by David Bate
Interview by Johannes Meinhardt
Published by Steidl
108 pages, hardbound - $53.00
Shary Boyle - Otherworld Uprising Book signing - Sunday May 25, 2:00-4:00 pm
ON EXHIBIT - Contact Photo Festival 2008
Toronto: A City Becoming
Photographs by David Kaufman, Scott Johnston, and Michael Awad
An exhibition mounted in conjunction with the publication of
Toronto: A City Becoming, edited by David Macfarlane.
The Royal Alexandra Theatre
Photographs by Edward Burtynsky
A series of photographs commissioned to mark the theatre's 100th anniversary in 2007. The photographs are included in The Royal Alexandra Theatre: Celebrating 100 Years.
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