Sunday, August 14, 2011

'The Digital Eye': photographic art in the electronic age

Seattle Times - You can't trust a photograph — and that's what makes it so fascinating.

Some surreal photographic visions involve no wizardry beyond elaborate staging. Other seemingly "natural" shots are the result of self-effacing camera trickery you'd never guess was at work unless you were informed about it.

In "The Digital Eye: Photographic Art in the Electronic Age," the new exhibit at the Henry Art Gallery, curator Sylvia Wolf places the latest computer-generated advances in the medium in a satisfyingly deep context by prefacing the digital goods on display with two small galleries of work from the pre-digital age.

She goes back as far as 1856 to show that photography, even in its infancy, always had a little hocus-pocus to it.  Read more.

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