Miroslav Tichy & Julia Margaret Cameron ”Long Moments”
Prologue by David Neuman, director Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall
Long Moments text by Tessa Praun, curator
Exhibition catalogue no 37 published by Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall
64 pages, color. Richly illustrated. Hard cover.
Price: 20 Euro
“I have never done anything else than letting time pass by. I go to town and must do something than just doing nothing. So I was simply pressing the release.”
Movement, laughter, a wink, a word – click – a moment captured inside the camera and later released to spread out on the paper. The magic of photography that is created in the dark by letting in light for a certain time. Physical turned abstract turned physical again. The transformation from color to black-and-white, from three-dimensional to two-dimensional. Movement is frozen, sound is silenced. Time has stopped in one eternally long moment. Time – a fundamental concept that is nevertheless hard to define. Time – a crucial element in photography. The poetry of photography comes from the artist’s awareness of the interplay between light and time, and it invites the viewer on a voyage through a world characterized by attempts to erase the boundaries between past, present, and future.
“I longed to arrest all beauty that came before me, and at length the longing has been satisfied.”
Julia Margaret Cameron
Two artists who have chosen photography as a means of expression, separated by an era. Their works are fundamentally different yet related, they seem contemporary yet timeless. They are united by a will and ability to capture the spirit of their time and immortalize it. The respective visual idioms of Miroslav Tichý and Julia Margaret Cameron are the result of vastly different circumstances. Tichý took startling images that make the depiction appear exciting in all its familiarity. Cameron has portrayed celebrities in relaxed moments and their families as idealized beauties. The activities of both strive to capture the commonplace and hold the extraordinary, in an attempt to make the ephemeral moment last longer or minutes to appear spontaneous.
Excerpt from the book Long Moments, 2008