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Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Jesse Alexander's Cyanotypes



I like rephotography and there is something splendidly incongruous about Jesse Alexander's post-911 cyanotypes. Also check out his series on the nuclear bunker at Corsham - this is where the government would have moved if all-out Mutually Assured Destruction had happened.

As Jesse puts it in his statement;

"The cyanotype process, announced by Sir John Hirschel in 1842, is one of the simplest photographic processes. Whilst it was never embraced seriously as a mainstream means of printmaking, its ease and relative inexpense of made it a cost effective and accurate means to reproduce documents, particularly larger technical drawings; hence the term "blueprints". In this small series, I wanted to take images that were heavily used within the print media at the time, or events that were planned for their visuality...  I found the use of the cyanotype as the first, analogous photo-copying device, an intriguing way to scrutinize and re-present these iconic images that were so prevalent within the print and digital media. There is also a discord between the hand-made, and crafted nature of these singular images, made in a process that has now assumed a heritage status, and the pixilated, ephemeral quality of these news images." 

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Similarly, http://mastergram.tumblr.com/

colin pantall said...

Similarly in what way? I'm not sure how cyanotypes are similar to hipstamtic-type stuff.