Archive for the ‘using found photography’ Category


Originally posted on thinking practices:
In mid-2011, I accessed a vernacular archive of slides which contained hundreds of images of Chile. These images were sent to England during the 80s to connect Chilean exiles (who were living in Britain at that time) with the changes that were taking place in their ‘homeland’ during Pinochet’s dictatorship…

Photographer Irina Werning meticulously recreates family and vernacular photographs with the original subjects, years older. Fascinating, on many levels. It would be interesting to know how the participants felt during the reconstruction… All Photographs © Irina Werning. Click to see the full size images. All Photographs © Irina Werning

In this interview with Joachim Schmid by Lens Culture, he suggests that he remembers events and places he has travelled, through the photographs he finds in those places. The project has a personal level as well […] its also my personal diary, I usually travel without a camera… so I don’t take any travel snapshots. When […]

in almost every picture #9 is the latest addition to the long running series of found photography. This time around, we are presented with the peculiar story of one family’s attempts to photograph its black dog. “Attempts” being the operative word. Unfortunately, their camera’s limitations mean that the canine appears, time after time, as only […]

View video here: At the EG conference in December 2007, artist Jonathan Harris discusses his latest projects, which involve collecting stories: his own, strangers’, and stories collected from the Internet, including his amazing “We Feel Fine.” Brooklyn-based artist Jonathan Harris‘ work celebrates the world’s diversity even as it illustrates the universal concerns of its occupants. […]

C o l l e c t e d V i s i o n s was conceived by Lorie Novak and created in collaboration with Clilly Castiglia, Betsey Kershaw, and Kerry O’Neill. Launched in May 1996, Collected Visions is a participatory website that explores the relationship between family photographs and memory. The most significant […]

June Clark


Amazing work using and manipulating found photographs. “June was born and brought up in Harlem, New York City. She emigrated to Canada in 1968, became a Canadian citizen and currently lives and works in Toronto.” Date made: 1989 Materials: photo etching (with text) Text reads: Grandma said, “when you pick your husband, think of what […]

Interviews with Nicky Bird about her Hidden Place series: Nicky Bird Interview Part 1 Nicky Bird Interview Part 2

From The play with the images of art and their history is at the heart of Claudia Angelmaier’s work whereby particular focus lies on the pictures and their mechanical reproduction, material image and contextual situation. The protagonists of Angelmaier’s large-scale photographic works are books, postcards or transparencies and slides which show copies of “the […]

One of my favourite works. It tells us more about photography than seeing ‘the photograph’ ever could. Buy the book here: I have scanned the images myself so hopefully this won’t have any copyright issues – but I want more people to be able to see this work!

Mari Mahr


Mari Mahr rephotographs images and objects into subtle constructions of memory and narrative. Her book:

Blog website that attempts to reunite owners and their photographs

Labyrinth (My Mother’s Album) is a large-scale installation consisting of a series of narrow corridors leading in a maze-like double spiral. The viewer enters the installation through a door and is lead through progressively shorter corridors at right angles until he or she enters a small space in the centre of the labyrinth. This room, […]



Work by Meggan Gould, typologies showing the reverse side of photographs.

Images and text taken from this site: “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 […]

Tacita Dean


Jane Hammond


Painter who has turned to constructing her images from found photographs. The images are collaged digitally, but then Hammond produces a negative and prints the photographs traditionally in a  darkroom.