Silver on Mirror (For Ron) pays tribute to the central role that silver has played in photography since the early 1800s. In creating this image of silver leaf on mirror, Bing Wright was influenced by both the camera obscura, which used silver-coated mirrors, and the daguerreotype, which made use of silver-based compounds. The resulting composition has a sense of kinetic dematerialization, capturing the fragility and ephemeral character of silver leaf. Ironically, Silver on Mirror (For Ron) was shot with a digital camera, the device largely responsible for silver's obsolescence in photography.
Series: Maharam Digital Projects
Image rights: © 2012 Bing Wright, Maharam under license
About Bing Wright
Bing Wright’s photography highlights the physical and chemical processes of printing and draws attention to the narrative quality of his medium. Wright credits John Szarkowski’s groundbreaking 1978 photography exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, “Windows and Mirrors,” as having influenced his work. Wright’s study of subjectivity and objectivity can be seen in his poetic still-life photographs of subject matter such as broken mirrors, rose petals, dead flies, water drops, lightbulbs, and newsprint clippings.
American, b. 1958