A new direction for photography?

posted by Bridget on 30 June 2013

It must be said I wasn't entirely convinced by the work of Philipp Dorl but he has tapped into the idea of process, which is has been a popular theme in the degree shows.

Photography is an essentially unstable process, and the print will fade over time. How long it takes for the image to disappear depends on how well it was made and how it is kept. Prints stored in good archival conditions may continue to render their image for hundreds of years, not enough time has passed for us to know yet.

An important element in sustaining the photographic print is to fix it properly during the printing process and it this area of production that Philipp Dorl explored in his final degree show at the RCA.

Dorl presented prints that had not been fixed and by exposing them to filtered coloured light he encouraged the image to disappear, drawing our attention to both the materiality of photography and its ephemeral nature.

Philipp Dorl

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