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"Photograms" by Andrew Chisholm

Jun 02, 2016

Andrew is a British photographer who loves experimenting and taking photography to the limit by creating series like these splendid 1:1 size colour photograms. These camera-less works offer three different perspectives of the subject in the same plane, challenging at the same time the veracity of any photographic record.

 

Following we want to present the interview we had with Andrew:

 

am - First of all thank you very much for your contribution to our project. Can you please introduce yourself for us?

AC - I live and work in London, UK, though I’m originally from Bristol. I returned to studying in 2009, finishing a BA in photography from University of Westminster in 2013. At the moment, I’m preparing to start an MA at the Royal College of Art in September.

 

am - How did you start in photography?

AC - My favourite uncle gave me a box full of ancient darkroom equipment when I was about ten. Eventually, I made or improvised the parts needed to get it working and started to get some results.

 

am - What inspires your work?

AC - The specific inspiration for this series was seeing Floris Neusüss’ works from his Körperbilder series at the Victoria and Albert Museum. I wanted to see how such images could work with colour materials.

 

am - What is your series “Photograms” about?

AC - In a sense, all my work is about photography itself. In this series, the viewer is confronted with a life-size representation of a person which is plainly photographic, but which presents conflicting accounts of that person, challenging the authority of photographic ‘truth claims’.

 

am - How would you describe your visual language?

AC - It depends on the project, but it is always very much concerned with photography as a medium.

 

am - Who are your favourite photographers / artists?

AC - Man Ray, Evan Thomas, Jessica Eaton, Alice Cazenave, Floris Neusüss, Adam Fuss.

 

am - When you are not taking pictures, what do you do?

AC - I’m learning to sail and to make objects in glass. I think joining photographic techniques with glass-making offers many possibilities. I’m also making the electronics for my next project, based on luminograms.

 

am - What are 5 things you could absolutely not live without?

AC - Friendships and personal freedom - the material stuff is just detail.

 

am - If you could travel and stay in a place for one year, where would you choose to go?

AC - I’d love to explore China slowly.

 

am - What’s your favourite movie?

AC - Antonioni’s Blow-Up.

 

am - What’s your favourite author?

AC - I don’t have one, but I’m enjoying Saramago’s The Gospel According to Jesus Christ at the moment.

 

am - Your main unanswered question in life?

AC - Can I get back to you?

 

am - Do you have any project in mind that could be a personal or professional challenge?

AC- Once I finish the electronic circuits I need for it, next up is a series of luminograms which will be highly-constructed 'photographs’ of 'objects’, but which have no physical referent.

 

am - Thank you very much for your time and your contribution to analog magazine.

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