UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Jerry Morris Howell (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Walter Barker

Abstract: There is a unique relationship in photography between the event of the subject and the birth of its symbol. They are simultaneous. The photograph contains only the present. The present enters the camera and is likely to reside in the print as a duration no larger than the event of exposure. Time is then bound by discrete fact; and the photograph becomes a statement in perfect tense, with no history beyond its borders. It is a point in linear time, lifted and held like a number remembered. The thesis exhibition is intended as an investigation of time in the photograph; its goal, the expansion of the present into a larger duration to include an intimation of continuing transaction of past and future. An effort has been made to eliminate both the symbol of duration obtained in the record of explicit actions and the symbols of the event of exposure. This is not to conjure the dream-like or the memory, but to question what passes through the objects of interest when the observer's time is not imposed upon them. The camera should receive the present anonymously. The photograph, in turn, should act as a kind of palimpsest, its incompleteness blurring the cleavage between past and future and the events of its writing remaining obscure. The event is not important, but what goes through the event, the imperfect tense without the identity of verb. The prints should convey the anonymity of time.

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Language: English
Date: 1970

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