October 4, 2008 - January 18, 2009
Exhibition Opening: October 4, 6:00-8:00pm
Exhibition Lecture: "Pedro Meyer - Innovator", Presented by Dan Biferie: November 5, 6:30pm
Gallery Talk: December 4, 1:00pm
"The notion of the real and the fake had come full circle. We now tend to dismiss the real because it looks like a fake.The “truth” is that in their own way, when all is said and done, all fakes and surrogates also become their own sort of original."
Mexican photographer Pedro Meyer is widely recognized for both his provocative and powerful images and for his pioneering work in digital imaging. Meyer’s vivid, magic-realist style photographs have consistently questioned the boundaries of truth, fiction and reality. Meyer’s career started in journalism and documentary photography, but with the advent of digital imaging technologies in the early 1990’s, he rapidly changed from a traditional documentary photographer who created “direct images”, to a digital image maker, who combined elements of multiple photographs to create a new, composite image. Heresies is a retrospective exhibition of five decades of images by one of the most innovative photographic artists in the world.
For five years the photographer, with the support and assistance of the Centro de la Imagen in Mexico City, has worked to collect, assemble, edit and display online his entire photographic archive – five decades of photography. More than 300,000 images, both analog and digital, and nearly 2,500 documents have been uploaded and cross-referenced in 20 different digital galleries. In October, 2008 the Southeast Museum of Photography, along with nearly sixty other collaborating institutions world-wide, will present a simultaneous display of “Heresies.” Heresies challenges and redefines the traditional form of photographic exhibitions by mixing large format prints with new technological elements, including digital galleries and installations that integrate audio, text and images. Interactive elements include a station to access Pedro Meyer’s entire archival database.
About the Prints
The prints in this exhibition are contemporary, non-editioned pigment ink-jet prints on Hahnemühle Fine Art Paper from digital files using HP Vivera inks that last 200 years. At the conclusion of the exhibition all prints are to be donated by the artist to the Permanent Collection of the Southeast Museum of Photography.
| ABOUT PEDRO MEYER
Pedro Meyer has been a groundbreaking figure in contemporary Latin American photography and digital imaging. He was founder and president of the Consejo Mexicano de Fotografia (Mexican Council of Photography) and organizer of the first three biannual Latin American Photography Colloquiums (1977-1983). He is credited with numerous achievements in the realm of digital photography: the creation of the first CD-ROM that combined images with sound and with the first digital fine art photographic print output.
In addition to being a photographer Meyer is also the curator, editor, founder and director of ZoneZero.com, a Web site and truly groundbreaking online photographic forum that currently hosts the images of more than a thousand photographers.
Pedro Meyer has had more than 120 solo exhibitions of photography and delivered more than a hundred lectures about photography and digital photography technologies at museums and academic institutions in Mexico, the United States, England, Germany, Argentina, Spain, Ecuador and Sweden. His awards include a National Endowment for the Arts grant in 1993; the Internazionale di Cultura Citta di Anghiari in 1985, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1987 and the first grant awarded for a Web-based art project by the Rockefeller Foundation. Meyer’s publications include I Photograph to Remember (1991), the first CD-ROM to combine images and sound. He is also the author of Tiempos de América (American Times, 1985) and Espejo de Espinas (Mirror of Thorns, 1986). His book, Truths and Fictions: A Journey from Documentary Photography to Digital (Aperture, 1995) was also made into a CD-ROM. His latest book is The Real and the True (New Riders Press, 2005). He lives in Mexico City.
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