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Photograph - February 10th - 15th 1991
  • February 10th - 15th 1991
    Fabian Miller, Garry, born 1957
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February 10th - 15th 1991

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Date:

    1991 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Fabian Miller, Garry, born 1957 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Plant tissue, light, dye destruction print

  • Credit Line:

    Copyright Garry Fabian Miller

  • Museum number:

    E.1269-1993

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Fabian Miller established his reputation from 1976 with an internationally acclaimed series of photographs depicting sea and sky made from his home in Bristol. In 1985, he stopped using a camera and has since then explored the elements of light, time and colour in camera-less images produced in his darkroom. His pictures draw from the early darkroom experiments of pioneers such as William Henry Fox Talbot and Anna Atkins, but also connect with a Modernist tradition of formal abstraction. His work has often been placed among the context of other international artists such as Donald Judd, Elsworth Kelly and James Turrell, but also within an English tradition tracing back to J.M.W. Turner, and post-war abstract painters such as Patrick Heron and Ben Nicholson.

In Fabian Miller’s camera-less pictures the subjects cast their own image. He creates them by putting objects directly onto a photographic enlarger, then shining light through them. Through his technique he bypasses camera and lens, thus enabling a more direct interaction between light, his depicted subjects, and the process of capturing them on photographic paper. In this 'positive to positive' process he faithfully portrays the colour and shape of the projected object. For this work he cut the seed pod of an honesty plant into separate disks that he used as a negative. The resulting images were then overlayed and enlarged to 28 cm in diameter. At first glance, these pictures resemble microscopic images or appear like constellations seen through a telescope.

Physical description

A framed photograph of brown-coloured plant tissue, looking like a microscopic cross-section in a white frame.

Date

1991 (made)

Artist/maker

Fabian Miller, Garry, born 1957 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Plant tissue, light, dye destruction print

Dimensions

Height: 632 mm frame, Width: 632 mm frame, Depth: 29 mm frame

Descriptive line

Garry Fabian Miller, No. 4, Feb 10-15 1991, dye destruction print, 1991

Materials

Photographic paper

Techniques

Silver-dye bleach process

Subjects depicted

Plant; Light; Nature

Categories

Photographs; Astronomy

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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