Image rights: Framed dimensions listed. Paper: 24 x 20 inches. Full title: Cutaway model Rodenstock Apo-Ronar 360/9 Copal 3 Lens: Rodenstock Apo-Ronar 360 mm /f9 Max. recommended film size: 13x18/5x7 Image circle at 1: infinity and f/22: 318 mm Aperture range: f9 - f45 Push-on mount diameter: 60 mm Filter thread: 58 mm Rear mount diameter: 58 mm Optical register: 351 mm Overall length: 59 mm Weight including Copal shutter: 550 g Manufactured by: Rodenstock Fotooptik, Munich, Germany Shutter: Copal #3 (3-585) Outer diameter: 102 mm Front Thread: M 56mm x 0.75 Rear Thread: M 56mm x 0.75 Shutter speeds: T, B, 1, 2, 4, 8, 15, 30, 60, 125 Shutter speeds tolerance: +- 30% Maximum iris opening: 45 mm Minimum iris opening: 2 mm Number of iris blades: 7 Synchronization: all shutter speeds Max. sync delay times: before max. opening: 0.5ms after max. opening: 0.7ms Overall Thickness: 32 mm Front to Iris: 17.7 mm Threaded mounting: M 61mm x 0.75 Lensboard Hole: 65 mm Iris Diameter: 45 mm Weight: 372 g Serial number: 646425 Manufactured by K.K. Copal, Tokyo, Japan Studio Rhein Verlag, Düsseldorf, 2016
About Christopher Williams
The often-opaque themes in Christopher Williams’s works have in common the artist’s fascination with obsolescence and the relationship between photographs and the objects they document. Known for his high-gloss, crisply focused photographs, reminiscent of the commercial photography of a bygone era, Williams’s subjects range from stacked Ritter Sport chocolate bars to old cameras that have outlived their usefulness. Williams ironically references the practice of retouching in advertising by highlighting the small but conspicuous imperfections in his own subjects or, as in the case of Kodak Three Point Reflection Guide, © 1968 Eastman Kodak Company, 1968 (Corn) (2003), trying to ‘sell’ a food item that is clearly made out of plastic. Former Editor-in-Chief of Artforum Tim Griffin described Williams’s approach as “sociophotographic,” meaning that the work explores underlying codes within photography, advertising, and ethnography (the study of human cultures).
American, b. 1956, Los Angeles, California, based in Cologne, Düsseldorf, and Amsterdam