Stephen Prina's Lens Reflex Essay

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The Thomas Duncan Gallery in Los Angelas, California has a group exhibition curated by Steven Baldi. The show all together shows the sensitivity to the camera as being a tool and a use of the photographic apparatus. All of the works in the show “utilize” the camera’s ability to create a photograph. The exhibition shows the ability to use the camera to create something but showing an object that is tied to the camera but also is separate.
Stephen Prina works in my different mediums to create his work. He is a musician and composer who had interpreted works by Beethoven, Sonic Youth, Steely Dan and many others. He is a member of an Avant-Garde Rock Band called The Red Krayola and is also a ...view middle of the document...

Having the other side be completely blacked out splits the print and this reminds the viewer of paper that was accidently opened up and exposed. One half of the paper would develop to be completely black while the other half was exposing an image. The print is interfered with a white irregular shape that intrudes parts of the image. On one image, the rectangle goes down the middle, shifting to the right. It splits the hand in half. The other print’s shape is on the bottom left that’s resembles a logo or signature at the bottom of a print. Film negatives are not perfect and can get messed up in the process of development. Sometimes these imperfections can be “happy accidents” that photographers like to leave on their prints and having them say something about the context of the image. The mark shows fragility to photography that makes the medium more beautiful. Stephen Prina uses rice paper to create the image on because rice paper is very fragile and used with care just like the negative and paper itself. He uses these specific materials to create this print to address materiality and historical references to photography that people seem to forget about. Photography was based on so many different traditional and historical aspects and digital photography is getting in the way of that. Prina is addressing the loss of traditional photography and glorifying the history of photography. He is creating an apparatus of a photograph by including all of these contexts into these two images.
When first looking at these two images, one would think that it was a photograph, not a representation of a photograph. The technicality is more important when looking at the image than the image itself. The subject and context is not as important as the making of the image. Many authors, like Victor Burgin, emphasized that images that are based on technique are historical and social productions that clearly present themselves based on the device that was used to create that said image. Victor Burgin believes what matters in photography is not the subject that is being represented, but that it serves a purpose. Photography is the central point around everything than that one image. It shows history and cultural references circling regarding photography in that image. This is similar to what Stephen Prina is doing in Homo Faber 2...

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