Photography by the Numbers: 888

John Morgan, [Unidentified Man and Girl], ca. 1865 (888.1990)

Robert Capa, [Woman and child run after an alarm has sounded, Bilbao], 1937 (888.1992)

Weegee, Girl at Circus, ca. 1943 (888.1993)

Aaron Siskind, New York 1, 1951 (888.2000)

Lewis Baltz, Park City, Interior, 26, 1979 (888.1986)

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…

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One Response to Photography by the Numbers: 888

  1. Darren says:

    Great post Chris, I love the randomness of the images and of the number 888! Cheers Darren

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