Joseph Jachna
American, born 1935
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Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

Before the age of digital photography and Photoshop, Joseph Jachna playfully broke the boundaries of traditional landscape photography through his addition of mirrors, wide-angle lenses, and the use of his own body to manipulate and distort his images. Between the summers of 1969 and 1970, Jachna photographed the prairie landscape of Door County, Wisconsin, where the mirrors and body parts he held before his camera were distorted by a fish-eye lens to create an altered sense of optical perspective and space, challenging the role of the artist's hand in image-making by placing himself directly into the composition. Jachna was previously known for his 1964 experiment that used slow shutter speeds to photograph the interaction of light and water in Wisconsin's Wolf River, and later, for experimenting with artificial lighting in colored images to produced unnaturally lit landscapes.

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