136 Mini Film Cameras in the Smithsonian Institution History of Photography Collection With Old Style Photoshop Filter, 2013
136 Mini Film Cameras in the Smithsonian Institution History of Photography Collection With Old Style Photoshop Filter, is a set 17 photographs I took of the Smithsonian’s collection of mini-cameras during my Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship. Though once revolutionary state-of-the-art tools for their small scale, in their current state these cameras are inanimate and obsolete, carefully tagged, boxed, and archived. I added the Photoshop ‘Old Style’ filter to emphasize the nostalgia these cameras often illicit, and made pigment prints on matt photo rag paper. I laid them in a vitrine to emphasize their passive state – the matt surface disappears and the prints almost appear as actual faded cameras entombed within the vitrine.
I often exhibit this work with Range: of Masters of Photography, to speak to an equivalency as well as an utter contrast with the smart-phone camera.