Author Archive

Eva Leitolf

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Eva Leitolf - After War

Equestrian Monument, Windhoek

Eva Leitolf’s Rostock Ritz is a fantastic book, titled after a hunting range in Namibia, a former German colony. It’s one of the most intelligent examinations of post-colonialism and the theatralization of history i’ve come across.

In her own words : One hundred years after the genocide of the Herero and Nama by German colonial forces in the former colony of German South-West Africa (1885-1915), Rostock Ritz takes a look at the culture of remembrance of the Herero and the self-image of Namibians of German origin in their everyday lives.

The 23 photographs cast a wry light on ideas of homeland and identity, and open up insights into a society permeated by insecurity and prejudice.”

I hope we can get this in the Tillburg show, or maybe add it to the current one.

You can visit her site here, there is work on racist crimes in Germany, as well as mid-90’s Beirut, where the first image is from (the second one is from Rostock Ritz).


The asteroid that wasn’t there…

Monday, February 5, 2007

This is a series of 16 photographs of a region of the sky, taken by an amateur astronomer, on which an asteroid which should be on a collision course with the earth does not appear, proving that there is no asteroid on a collision course with the earth. On the theoretical level, proof by absence isn’t really common in photography – you’d traditionally use photography to prove that something WAS there, not that something WASN’T there.

A complete story of the incident, which almost prompted a phone call to the White House, is available here.

(images (c) Brian D. Warner / Palmer Divide Observatory)

2004 AS1

they’re working on it…

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

they’re working on it…

another day at the beach…

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Spent the day holed up in the Elysee’s dark basement. Some twisted individual christened it the “salle Lumière” – in honour of the (french) filmmakers, of course, but since Lumière also means light in french, i’ve got a feeling there might be a sense of irony involved.

Mission of the day was to get a brand new HP Z3100 up and running (HP sponsors the show, so we’re getting TOYS). Unpacking was surprisingly uneventful, with a somewhat similar experience to what Micheal Reichmann posted about on Luminous landscape. Seriously over-engineered packaging, somebody’s been studying his illustrated Erik Demaine. I did have a problem with a printhead at first, cleaning the contacts and reinserting it a couple of times did the trick, but i’ve got a feeling it could have not gone that well. The heads don’t have the differently-shaped nubs the ink cartridges do, so there’s a bit of a risk of getting ’em all mixed up, which probably wouldn’t be good.

I haven’t had time to totally put the thing through its paces, but I’m mightly impressed this far.

The stuff we got seemed very hot off the assembly line, with a nice “G(olden) M(aster)” on a burnt-cd and several ink cartridges that lacked production stickers. Gamut seemed excellent on the stock photo paper HP packages with it (extra-super-high-speed-drying-mega-gloss), i’m waiting to test it with Archival Matte (or whatever it’s called these days). Self calibration is the smartest addition to printer tech in a long time. I do feel a bit frustrated by not being able to use Bill Atkinson’s most excellent charts. I’m not sure the extra cmyk module allows it, and don’t like the idea of software tiering for stuff like that. There might be a way to hack around it by editing a couple of ressources like you’d do for Gretag’s i1, but it’s inelegant nonetheless. I did see some gloss differential in high-contrast areas under “just the right light”, though. Extremely minimal and might be a question of finding the right paper. I’ll be doing part of the show on it : a print of mine, the JPG magazine stuff, the During work. The museum will also be using it to make 100 prints a week of randomly selected images from the Flux installation. So i’ll be spending quite a bit of time in that basement in the couple of days, print speed was about 2 centimeters per minute at the highest quality settings.