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Gelatin Photograph 72

A work made of gelatin silver print, from the series "gelatin photographs".
© James Welling. Courtesy of the artist and David Zwirner, New York/London.

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  • A work made of gelatin silver print, from the series "gelatin photographs".

Date:

1984

Artist:

James Welling
American, born 1951

About this artwork

Since the late 1970s, James Welling has been fascinated with the history of camera images and camera technologies. Although he is often associated with artists of the Pictures Generation, who have investigated photography as the broad basis for all visual representation in our time, Welling is also deeply interested in the specific history of photography and its most common elements—for example, gelatin. To make this image, Welling cooked batches of gelatin—the binder layer for gelatin silver prints, but also an ordinary food item—mixed with dark ink. After refrigerating the substance, he then arranged chunks of it onto areas of seamless background paper of the sort used by commercial product or studio portrait photographers. The final composition is highly self-reflexive, taking “the stuff” of photography literally and metaphorically.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Photography and Media

Artist

James Welling

Title

Gelatin Photograph 72

Origin

United States

Date

Made 1984

Medium

Gelatin silver print, from the series "Gelatin Photographs"

Dimensions

20.3 × 25.4 cm (image/paper)

Credit Line

Photography Gala Fund

Reference Number

2014.95

Copyright

© James Welling. Courtesy of the artist and David Zwirner, New York/London.

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