Berenice Abbott & Raphael Dallaporta — Science



Berenice Abbott & Raphael Dallaporta

Past: September 21 → November 22, 2012

Since its beginnings in 1839, photography has been a rich, potential source of inspiration for scientists. We can see what’s invisible—from the infinitely teeny to the infinitely huge—because of it, at the beginning of the 20th century, the avant-garde grabbed this scientific iconography, reworked it and adapted it to their own artistic needs. Photography’s keen appeal is as strong as ever and continues to gain momentum.

We have never held a show in the gallery with scientific overtones, so we are more than pleased to exhibit the photography of both Berenice Abbott and Raphaël Dallaporta. Although both working in different areas—fundamental physical mechanisms for one and anatomical parts for the other— the rigorous composition of each image puts both photographers on the same creative line of expression. Beyond their obvious visual force and affect, both bodies of work explore in a forthright manner a new universe, devoid of anecdotes and aestheticism. Thanks to their varying levels of interpretation, these photographs require us to ask questions about our own understanding of the world around us.

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