Walead Beshty, ‘Transparency (Positive) [Fujichrome RDPIII Provia 100F Em. No. 04991: March 12 - March 16, 2008 ORD/LGA EWR/ORD]’, 2009, Photography, Epson Ultrachrom K3 archival ink jet print on Museo Silver Rag Paper, Rodolphe Janssen
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Walead Beshty

Transparency (Positive) [Fujichrome RDPIII Provia 100F Em. No. 04991: March 12 - March 16, 2008 ORD/LGA EWR/ORD], 2009

Epson Ultrachrom K3 archival ink jet print on Museo Silver Rag Paper
68 1/2 × 52 4/5 in
174 × 134 cm
Location
Brussels
About the work
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Rodolphe Janssen
Brussels
Medium
Walead Beshty
British, b. 1976
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“Photographs operate something like ruins,” Walead Beshty says. “Despite their seeming stasis, they are available to a multitude of narratives, slipping effortlessly between them.” Beshty uses photography to explore how the medium functions or fails as a documentary form. He is best known for his large-scale photograms, as well as series featuring abandoned shopping malls in America. In 2001, Beshty made one of his best-known photographic series, “Travel Pictures,” shot in the then-recently defunct Iraqi Diplomatic Mission in Berlin, and damaged in the airport security’s X-ray scanners; the result was not only a relic of the site but of Beshty’s travel experience. Since 2005, Beshty has been working on his “FedEx Sculptures” in which shatterproof glass boxes are shipped to various destinations in standard FedEx containers—the works’ final appearance is determined by the damage accumulated during travel.

Walead Beshty, ‘Transparency (Positive) [Fujichrome RDPIII Provia 100F Em. No. 04991: March 12 - March 16, 2008 ORD/LGA EWR/ORD]’, 2009, Photography, Epson Ultrachrom K3 archival ink jet print on Museo Silver Rag Paper, Rodolphe Janssen
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About the work
RJ
Rodolphe Janssen
Brussels
Medium
Walead Beshty
British, b. 1976
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“Photographs operate something like ruins,” Walead Beshty says. “Despite their seeming stasis, they are available to a multitude of narratives, slipping effortlessly between them.” Beshty uses photography to explore how the medium functions or fails as a documentary form. He is best known for his large-scale photograms, as well as series featuring abandoned shopping malls in America. In 2001, Beshty made one of his best-known photographic series, “Travel Pictures,” shot in the then-recently defunct Iraqi Diplomatic Mission in Berlin, and damaged in the airport security’s X-ray scanners; the result was not only a relic of the site but of Beshty’s travel experience. Since 2005, Beshty has been working on his “FedEx Sculptures” in which shatterproof glass boxes are shipped to various destinations in standard FedEx containers—the works’ final appearance is determined by the damage accumulated during travel.

Walead Beshty

Transparency (Positive) [Fujichrome RDPIII Provia 100F Em. No. 04991: March 12 - March 16, 2008 ORD/LGA EWR/ORD], 2009

Epson Ultrachrom K3 archival ink jet print on Museo Silver Rag Paper
68 1/2 × 52 4/5 in
174 × 134 cm
Location
Brussels
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