About this artwork
Known for his influential experiments with the formal and conceptual boundaries of photography, Kenneth Josephson layers photographs within photographs, focusing on the act of image making and investigating how a photograph differs from reality. Between 1968 and 1972, Josephson began to experiment with collage and photomontage. This image belongs to a series he called “tear-offs,” in which he applied torn photographic prints over other prints and then re-photographed the result. The torn paper refers to “test strips”—a term used for sample prints made by subjecting sections of an image to different exposure times to determine the best exposure for the final print. In this case, Josephson arranged the purported test strip to resemble a piece of a building that has fallen from its original position.
- Currently Off View
- Photography and Media
- Kenneth Josephson
- United States (Artist's nationality)
- Made 1970
- Collage of gelatin silver prints
- 17.6 × 17.3 cm (6 15/16 × 6 13/16 in.)
- Gift of Ralph and Nancy Segall
- © Kenneth Josephson.