(‘King Cotton’ 1907) (J.C Coovert 63 N.Main, Memphis)
I’ve been researching old imagery that gets around visual problems without using a bigger camera, or wide angle lenses or more lighting equipment. Imagery that uses the camera in a way that is 'aggressively photographic’, the camera as blunt instrument.
Cutting up contacts, overlaying negatives, joining images together, using direct flash, negatives with text scratched into them, prints creased with use: these are all things that remind us what a dirty, hands-on industrial process photography often used to be, brutal, sometimes ugly.
(image from flickr)