Flying Pictures (Hardcover)

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By Daniel Gordon (By (photographer)), Gregory Crewdson (Introduction by)
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"A straight photograph is an exact representation of asegment of space and time circumscribed by the physicaland optical limitations of the medium. So, although therepresentation is exact, because of the circumscription, it isalso a visual fiction. Daniel Gordon explores this boundarywith inventiveness, playfulness, and physical stamina."
-Stephen Shore

"The artist's short, gravity-killed glides are real, though hisfantastical pictures suggest that computer-based trickerymight have been used."
-The Dallas Morning News

"On a fundamental level, the art of photography is about themiracle, and how to make the ordinary extraordinary. Thesepictures do that in it's purest form. They capture suspendedmoments, perfectly situated between transcendence and doom."
-Gregory Crewdson

Between 2001 and 2004, on the snowy fields in New York'sHudson Valley and the rocky coasts of the Bay Area inNorthern California, photographer Daniel Gordon learned tofly-if only for 1/125 of a second. Using a camera mountedon a tripod, Gordon frames his picture. He then runs out ontothe landscape and launches himself into the air, while anassistant snaps the shutter. The images in Flying Pictures areat once pastoral landscapes and documents of a performance.Only after considering them for a while, does the thought occurthat their fleeting bliss was swiftly met with physical doom-acrash back to Earth. Such a journey requires great humility aswell as hubris, and a will to achieve the impossible if only fora moment. The project began at a time when digital technologywas changing the role that truth has historically played inthe media of film and photography. The ease with which onecould now alter an image with Photoshop created a new senseof paranoia concerning the veracity of photographs. FlyingPictures' unbelievable, unaltered images reveal that therenever was just one truth in photography.

About the Author

Daniel Gordon was born in Boston in 1980 and raised in SanFrancisco. He received a BA from Bard College in 2004, andan MFA from Yale School of Art in 2006. He has exhibitedhis photographs in solo exhibitions at Zach Feuer Galleryin New York City, Angstrom Gallery in Dallas, and GroeflinMaag Gallery in Zurich. He has been included in exhibitionsat the CCS Galleries at Bard College, and Gallery 400 atthe University of Illinois. Gordon is the author of PortraitStudio (onestar press, 2009), and has been a contributor toColumbia: A Journal of Literature and Art as well as Esopusmagazine. Gordan's work will be exhibited at The Museum ofModern Art from September 15, 2009 through January 10,2010 as part of the New Photography 2009 show. He livesand works in Brooklyn. Gregory Crewdson Holds an MFA in Photography from YaleSchool of Art. His work has been the subject of multiple soloexhibitions in the U.S. and abroad, and is in the collectionof the Guggenheim Museum, New York; The Museum ofContemporary Art, Los Angeles; The Art Institute of Chicago;the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and The Museumof Modern Art, New York among others. Monographs of hiswork include, Twilight: Photographs by Gregory Crewds on(Harry N. Abrams Inc., 2003) and Gregory Crewds on: Dreamof Life (Ediciones Universidad De Salamanca, 2000). He livesand works in New York City.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781576875131
ISBN-10: 157687513X
Publisher: powerHouse Books
Publication Date: August 20th, 2009
Pages: 56
Language: English