Haunting the Chapel

Photography and Dissolution

1 sep—6 oct 2011

London

An exhibition of vintage, anonymous, vernacular & spirit photography, also including works by Fratelli Alinari, Cecil Beaton, René Barthélemy, Paul Berthier, Emil Cadoo, Louis Joseph Deflube, Arthur Conan Doyle, JH Engstrom, Walker Evans, Jean-Baptiste Frenet, Michael Grieve, Bill Jacobsen, Fritz Lang, Rut Blees Luxemburg, Charles Marville, Tina Modotti, Floris Neusüss, Arnold Newman, Diane Pernet, Leni Riefenstahl, Henri Sauvaire, Jeffrey Silverthorne, Edmund Teske, U.S. Army Picture Corps, Louis Vignes et al.

 

They are moving because of their phantom condition; every act they execute may be their last; there is not a face that is not on the verge of dissolving like a face in a dream.

– Jorge Luis Borges

 

We are pleased to present a unique set of images that embody a theme particularly relevant to current artistic and cultural practice: that of the haunted, the blurred and the dissolved. To exemplify these themes this exhibition will feature vintage prints as well as more recent explorations in photography and its often-dissolute processes. In homage to the alchemy and chemistry of photography, this show will illustrate fire, smoke, the spirit, the x-ray, blur and motion, decay and the photogram. Like a series of dark objects and entities trapped behind the framing of glass, the gallery space becomes a chapel to the haunted history of the photographic medium.