Alice Rifley (Return Home) (Found: The Art of Found Imagery exhibition)

Christopher Orchard (Photographer)

Research output: Non-textual outputs, including Creative WorksCreative Works - Original - Visual art works


As a photographer and visual artist the found photograph offers up an abundance of interesting questions about the medium of photography itself. The most profound of which for me is the concept of proximity. There is a large divergence of purpose between the images original intended meaning and the inherited meaning and historic value of the photograph and the information it can afford us. The closer the proximity between viewer and sitter the more readily available information becomes. In the instance of these found photographs there is a geographical distance of thousands of miles between its original creation and current location. There also is a huge time difference, in the case of image two of at least 150 years. The original image and its intended meaning is a visual representation of an individual acting as a proxy for the sitter and would be utilized to create a mirrored individual in social memory. However due to the distance in proximity the photograph instead becomes a proxy for Victorian period America, and hence acting as an agent in developing an encompassing historical memory.For me there is interest in how each of these images came to be located in a dump site in regional New South Wales, Australia. There is also interest in preservation and conservation of this historically significant information as well as the analysis of what these images are able to tell us.Here... the found image return to its homeland.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBrooklyn, New York
PublisherMatt Kelly and 1650 Gallery
Media of outputArtwork
SizeContributor of photograph & writing for catalogue; 3 week exhib.
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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