Weegee, Girl at Circus, ca. 1943 (888.1993)
Aaron Siskind, New York 1, 1951 (888.2000)
Photography by the numbers.
These five photographs were the eight hundred and eighty-eighth photographs accessioned in 1986, 1990, 1992, 1993 and 2000 respectively. They are presented in chronological order.
Perhaps photography is a numerical practice–time, shutter speeds, apertures, f-stops, focal lengths; negative, paper, margin, mat, and frame sizes (35mm, 6 x 6, 120mm, 4 x 5, 8 x 10, 11 x 14, 16 x 20, etc.); aspect ratios, ISO speeds, quantities of chemicals, materials, proportions, dilutions, exposure time, development time, algorithms, bits, bytes, megabytes, gigabytes, terabytes, pixels, megapixels, dpi, ppi, lpi, bit depth, data transfer rates, rates of compression, more algorithms, color values, light temperature, shelf space, cubic feet, weight, model numbers, prices, valuations, and many more…
Perhaps coincidental and random, these five photos are an evocative and gr8 little subset of the more than 120,000 photographs in the ICP archive.
Perhaps coincidental and random, this little post has 888 characters…