Friday, 8 October 2010


I was told about this exhibition through meeting someone at the MUSEA meeting and agreed to volunteer...but they ha vent called me in all week. However, I visited the exhibition and even though I'm not that much into photography,(i think this view might change during the year) and my favourites were Katarzyna Pelaka and Scott Ramsay. I also saw how contact sheets could be transformed into something more than a simple boring contact sheet and into more of a character that's part of the camera and the patterns a couple of Photographers made them into.
'36EXP.’ is a photographic exhibition involving 36 artists and 36 contact sheets. The concept of the exhibition is based upon a standard 36 exposure photographic film. Over the past six months, ‘36EXP.’ has been accepting submissions from artists, photographers and students from all over the world, including Germany, Amsterdam, Canada, India, Israel, China and Australia. The outline of the brief was simply to return to photographic film, whether 35mm, 120mm or slides, and to produce a contact sheet from the roll of film used. The exhibition features a selection of photographs from each artist as well as their contact sheet, providing an unusual combination of ‘finished photograph’ alongside an accompanying contact sheet, revealing the photograph’s development and production.

In this ambitious exhibition, digital photography is rejected in an attempt to rejuvenate traditional film methods. Each artist has taken a critical and considered approach to the exhibition of their contact sheet; some have consciously planned each frame, creating ‘aesthetic contact sheets’, whilst others have retained a more organic and natural approach, simply exhibiting the result of using film.

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