1. Thinking In Color – A Conversation with Bill Armstrong and W.M. Hunt – Part 2

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    On March 18, 2012, acclaimed art photographer Bill Armstrong, and collector, curator, and consultant W. M. Hunt presented a lively conversation on color photography. Taking inspiration from the book I Send You This Cadmium Red, which features correspondence between critic John Berger and artist John Christie, Hunt and Armstrong have initiated a dialogue about color in photography. Starting with Armstrong’s technical overview of color photography and its history, as well as Hunt’s observations about color and its empathic power, the exchange was a means for the longtime friends to challenge each other through their ideas.

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    • Thinking In Color – A Conversation with Bill Armstrong and W.M. Hunt

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      On March 18, 2012, acclaimed art photographer Bill Armstrong, and collector, curator, and consultant W. M. Hunt presented a lively conversation on color photography. Taking inspiration from the book I Send You This Cadmium Red, which features correspondence between critic John Berger and artist John Christie, Hunt and Armstrong have initiated a dialogue about color in photography. Starting with Armstrong’s technical overview of color photography and its history, as well as Hunt’s observations about color and its empathic power, the exchange was a means for the longtime friends to challenge each other through their ideas. Throughout their conversation at Aperture, Armstrong and Hunt offered thoughts about how color behaves, read from some of their written exchanges with each other, and took the audience on an unexpected and fresh journey through interpreting color in photographs. In 2011, Aperture published The Unseen Eye: Photographs from the Unconscious, a catalog of anti-portraiture, amassed over the course of thirty years by W. M. Hunt, which includes works by masters such as Richard Avedon, Diane Arbus, Imogen Cunningham, William Klein, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Robert Frank. Bill Armstrong was featured in The Edge of Vision: The Rise of Abstraction in Photography (Aperture, 2009), author Lyle Rexer's examination of abstraction at pivotal moments in photography.

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      • Bill Armstrong: The Edge of Vision Interview Series

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        Bill Armstrong puts in context his Mandala #450 piece included in the Aperture exhibition, "The Edge of Vision: Abstraction in Contemporary Photography" with his Infinity series of abstract blurred meditative images that he has been working on for the past twelve years. Going through his work since the 1980’s, Armstrong explains why he uses blurring as a process and his “painterly approach to photography.” At the end, he also introduces his new video work. This clip is part of the series of video interviews including the curator, Lyle Rexer, and artists from the exhibition on view at Aperture Gallery, "The Edge of Vision: Abstraction in Contemporary Photography" from May 15 to July 16, 2009. From the beginning, abstraction has been intrinsic to photography, and its persistent popularity reveals much about the medium. The Edge of Vision, curated by Lyle Rexer, showcases the work of nineteen international contemporary photographers who base their practice in some form of abstraction from highly conceptual to more documentary approaches. The works explore diverse aspects of the photographic experience, including the chemistry of traditional photography, the direct capture of light without a camera, temporal extensions, digital sampling of found images, radical cropping, and various deliberate destabilizations of photographic reference. This abstract use of photography often combines other mediums such as painting, sculpture, drawing or video. All artists join a broad contemporary trend to look critically and freshly at a medium commonly considered transparent. The exhibition is accompanied by a new book, "The Edge of Vision: The Rise of Abstraction in Photography" by Lyle Rexer (Aperture, May 2009). Illustrated with more than 150 images, this unprecedented and highly anticipated book documents this phenomenon internationally from the early days of the medium through the present day.

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