Sharon Harper
American, born 1966
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Shifting Views,
Rick Wester Fine Art
Rick Wester Fine Art at AIPAD Photography Show 2013,
Rick Wester Fine Art

Sharon Harper thinks of her photographic practice as a documentation of the planets and stars in a way that the human eye does not usually perceive them. Photographing mostly at night, Harper uses extremely long exposures in order to capture cosmic motions on a single sheet of film, sometimes overlaying multiple images in a single frame. In many of her works, this resulting composite image is both representational and abstract, as in her series “Moon Studies and Star Scratches” (2003-09) in which the star trails and multiple moons form patterns beyond recognition. The element of chance plays a significant role in Harper’s practice, and she welcomes environmental interruptions, light pollution, or accidents as part of her photographs. She has said that she draws inspiration from 19th-century photographers, particularly Eadweard Muybridge.