Tacita Dean: Floh

12Oct09

Images and text taken from this site: http://www.shanelavalette.com/journal/2007/09/03/tacita-dean-floh/

“Although much has been written about the demise of analog photography, no one has explored this subtle shift as elegantly as Tacita Dean,” writes Adam Bell on his blog.

In her monograph, FLOH (2001), Dean delicately arranges photographs that she has discovered at flea markets across Europe and America – as, in a sense, a final gesture (or, as Bell calls it, “a beautiful swan song to analog photography”).

Here’s a nice description of FLOH (via photo-eye):

These portraits, holiday snapshots, documents of banal occurrences or spectacular views have all been retrieved and given a new existence. They keep the silence of the flea market; the silence they had when they were found; the silence of the lost object. This, however, is found photography with a twist. In FLOH, it is presented as art: beautifully printed in a linen cover, slipcased volume, and each copy of the book is signed and numbered by the artist. ‘Eventually, Tacita Dean stopped going to flea markets for fear of finding an image that ’should have been in the book’, but then resolved to believe that there isn’t, and can never be, a final version to this collection. FLOH exists in the continuum and will one day return ownerless and silent to its origins in the flea market.

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