Pinhole cameras are well suited to representing landscape. They are slow: they allow more time to be shown than we can register with our eyes. Solargraphy takes this even further, representing a place in a way that no eye can see. The images in this exhibition are solargraphs: long exposure photographs which make visible the path of the sun across many days. They are part of a project I started in autumn 2015, to record a longer view on the landscape where I live. Exposure times range from five days to almost five months. The cameras are almost the simplest recording device possible - aluminum drink cans, a tiny hole punched in each one.
Jeff McConnell received an MFA in Photography from the Tyler School of Art in 2000, and has been living in New Jersey since 2003. He has been using self-made pinhole cameras for almost twenty years. The use of cameras without lenses evolved from an interest in making more time evident in a photograph, and also in describing an alternate view: to reveal familiar subjects differently than is possible with an ordinary camera.
RESIDENCIES & MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS:
Galería Ramón Alva de la Canal, Xalapa, Ver. Mexico, February 2018, solo exhibition.
“A través del estenopo”
Centro de las Artes de San Augustin, Oaxaca, Mexico, May 2017, solo exhibition.
Pinhole Coffee, San Francisco, CA, April 2017, solo exhibition.
Photo Patagonia Festival, Rio Gallegos, Argentina, April 2017.
Museo in Los Cerros, Quebrada de Huichaira, Argentina, October 2016.
“The Art of Pinhole Photography,”
OFF Fotofestival, Heidelberg, Germany, October 2016.
Museo Fotografico Simik, Buenos Aires, Argentina, October 2015