David Campany, A Handful of Dust
This is a book about the life and afterlife of a strange photograph made in 1920 by Man Ray.
Or was it by Marcel Duchamp? Or perhaps Man Ray and Marcel Duchamp? The photograph is humble yet enigmatic. It is realist and abstract. It is a document of an artwork. For most of its early life nobody claimed very much on behalf of this image. But it has become a key to unlock a hidden order of photography, and the revolution in art and society that it foreshadowed. Curator and writer David Campany charts the strange passage of this photograph across the last century, finding connections between an unlikely array of images – from aerial reconnaissance and forensics, to conceptual art and abstraction.
Dimensions: 20 cm x 24 cm