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EXIT #59 - Camera

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EditorialProyectos Utópicos S.L
YearAugust / 2015
LanguageSpanish / English
PagesFrom 160 to 200


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EXIT #59 - Camera

The power of the photographic images has amply surpassed that of the photographic instrument. The great majority of people today who habitually and constantly take photographs do not have cameras. Just as the selfie has substituted for the self-portrait, the telephone, the tablet-and in the near future watches and glasses-have taken the place of the conventional camera.

The reality is that the photography field is expanding in every direction, conceptually, structurally and technically. However, throughout the entire process there is a protagonist that sometimes seems hidden, and other times shines in the foreground: the camera.

This issue of EXIT is based on an idea by Paul Wombell, a regular advisor of this magazine, who, on this occasion, has acted as guest editor.

He examines the relationship between people and cameras, the social relationships that photographic images produce, and the idea that the camera, as technological object, has become an object of scrutiny and consideration. This issue is divided into three sections, the first of which deals with the archaeology of the photographic camera, a bygone age of the most basic technology that gave rise to a novel device, which today seems obsolete, archaeological, and therefore increasingly interesting. The second part is about the camera as a technological object in itself. It is touches on artists manufacturing cameras by themselves, the importance of every camera as an individualized contribution, differentiated for image production. Finally, we selected a series of artists who address the process of humanization triggered by image capture, how the camera is also a social instrument.

All of this is intended to demonstrate that although the camera loses its historical body, that which is now an object of technological archaeology, ultimately we ourselves, each one of us, will become cameras, millions of cameras, shooting incessantly, with each of our eyelids, the infinite images that make up a subjective reality that is impossible to encompass. 


I am a camera. Rosa Olivares. 


The Ontology of the Camera. Paul Wombell. 


Rosângela Rennó, by Rosa Olivares. 

Carlos Jurado, by Paul Wombell. 

Barbara Probst, by Rosa Olivares. 

Artists: Christopher Williams, Rosângela Rennó, John Hilliard, Carlos Jurado, Barbara Probst, Anne Collier, Esther Shalev-Gerz, Michel Campeau, Hans Eijkelboom, John Sypal,Lynn Hershman Lesson, Todd McLellan, Mr. Pippin, Iñaki Bonillas, Sascha Pohflepp, Isabelle Le Minh, Jacinthe Lessard-L.