I don’t like to explain why I like the photos, too much. But this one’s pretty amazing. Take note of the background details! Has someone knocked a hole in the wall? What’s the go with those posters?
For school, I made a version of this with me photoshopped in, leaning on the front girl. I am certainly not posting it!
‘APR 1984’ is stamped on the back.
The National Gallery of Victoria has an exhibition—Endless Present—of the work of Robert Rooney.
I’m mentioning it because, although he doesn’t use found photos, their unmediated beauty appeals to me in the same way the best of the photos here do.
Rooney uses photography as a documentary tool. One project involved photographing his bed, each day; another his clothes for the day—ordered, and folded. Particularly I liked the results of a project where he would place the camera on the ground, (inside, and outside) and take a photo in each of the cardinal directions. The result
The exhibition is, perhaps, half Rooney, and half other conceptual artists of the time—Ed Ruscha, Sol LeWitt, etc. It ends March 27.