Christopher Williams, ‘Erratum AGFA Color (oversaturated)...’, 2000, Art Institute of Chicago

Full title: Erratum AGFA Color (oversaturated) Camera: Robertson Process Model 31 580 Serial #F97-116 Lens: Apo Nikkor 455 mm stopped down to f90 Lighting: 16,000 Watts Tungsten 3200 degrees Kelvin Film: Kodak Plus-X Pan ASA 125 Kodak Pan Masking for contrast and colour correction Film developer: Kodak HC-110 Dilution B (1:7) used @68 degrees Fahrenheit Exposure and development times (in minutes): Exposure Development Red Filter Kodak Wratten PM25 2’30” 4’40” Green Filter Kodak Wratten PM61 10’20” 3’30” Blue Filter Kodak Wratten PM47B 7’00” 7’00” Paper: Fujicolor Crystal Archive Type C Glossy Chemistry: Kodak RA-4 Processor: Tray Exposure and development times (in seconds): Exposure Development Red Filter Kodak Wratten #29 8 Green Filter Kodak Wratten #29 15,5 1’10 @ 92 degrees Fahrenheit Blue Filter Kodak Wratten #98 30,5 October 7, 2000

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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

Group Shows

Le Consortium, 
Dijon, France,
The World as Will and Wallpaper