Sharon Harper

American, b. 1966

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Sharon Harper

American, b. 1966

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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.

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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.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Greater New York