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The Disappearance of Darkness - Photography at the End of the Analog Era

The Disappearance of Darkness - Photography at the End of the Analog Era

Princeton Architectural Press


By Robert Burley


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Over the past decade, photographer Robert
Burley has traveled the world documenting the
abandonment and destruction of film-based
photography, namely, the factories where film
was produced and the labs that developed it.
Burley’s atmospheric large-format photographs
transport viewers to rarely seen sites where the
alchemy of the photographic process was practiced
over the last century—from the Polaroid plant in
Waltham, Massachusetts to the Kodak-Pathé plant
in Chalon-sur-Saône, France, the birthplace in
1827 of photography itself. As both fine art and
documentary, The Disappearance of Darkness is an
elegiac reflection on the resilience of traditional art
forms in the digital era and a vital commemoration
of a century-old industry that seems to have
disappeared overnight.


• Traveling exhibition of the photographs planned 2012

• Features 71 full-color plates of large-format
photographs

• Essay contributors include curators at the Ryerson
Image Centre in Toronto, the Eastman House
in Rochester, and the Musée Nicéphore Niépce in
Chalon-sur-Saône

More Details

Size: 10.6 x 8.5 in in;
Pages: 160 pp / 71 color pp;
Format: Hardcover
Publication: October 2012
ISBN: 9781616890957
ISBN10: 1616890959

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