THE MATERIALITY OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Why are we all familiar with this b/w, grainy version of the first ever photograph, when the original is a faint, bluish shadow on a dented tin plate?
This was the theme for my podcast contribution to Copenhagen Photo Festival 2015 about the materiality of photography.
The podcast is in Danish but in it I talk about Nicéphore Niépce’s photograph from 1826/27 from his countryside farm. The photo is one of the very first ever, where it was actually possible to fixate the image and keep it.
I, however, was quite shocked to find a photo of the real photo – a non-retouched version. It was dented, metal-colored and as much an object as an image.
You can read a blogpost, I wrote about it in English here