The History of Projected Photography

Editor Photo Elysée & Les Éditions Noir sur Blanc
Publication date 2017
Dimensions 21 x 27.2 cm
Number of pages 240
ISBN 978-2-88250-479-1
Price CHF 50.-

Although the history of photography was built around the question of printing, photographic projection developed significantly from the last third of the nineteenth century, particularly in the tradition of magic lantern shows. Long limited to the field of education, to public lectures and to popular entertainment, projected photography also developed among amateur photographers. Slides started being incorporated into art in the 1960s, when conceptual artists began using them as an alternative means of creation.

The book, organized into four broad thematic sections (light-images, the apparatus, sequence, and screening), presents the specificities of the slide. The iconographic selection encompasses all of these diverse practices in order to show the evolution of slides and their impact on visual culture. It includes works by amateurs as well as professional photographers like Alfred Stieglitz and Helen Levitt; it shows the uses that are made of slides in the field of education and in popular entertainment; their integration into the field of design, such as in projections by Le Corbusier and by Charles and Ray Eames; as well as works representative of conceptual artists’ interest in projection since the 1960s, by Dan Graham, Robert Smithson, Jan Dibbets, Allan Sekula, Nan Goldin, Runo Lagomarsino, Peter Fischli & David Weiss, and Krzysztof Wodiczko.

The publication includes four essays and an interview with artist Krzysztof Wodiczko, internationally recognized for his cultural and social engagement through large-scale outdoor projections, which he has presented in a dozen countries.

Edited by Anne Lacoste, Nathalie Boulouch, Olivier Lugon et Carole Sandrin
With the assistance of Émilie Delcambre Hirsch

Essays by Nathalie Boulouch, Roland Recht, Olivier Lugon, Anne Lacoste.
Interview of the artist Krzystof Wodiczko by Christophe Domino.

You may also like

Jan Groover, photographer

"Formalism is everything": Jan Groover's statement alone sums up the plastic ambition of a work that today embodies one of the key moments in the history of photography and the genre of still life. Conducted through constant and varied experimentation, his research focused on forms and their abilit...
See detail →

The Beauty of lines

Over the course of four decades, Sondra Gilman and Celso Gonzalez-Falla have put together a collection of photographs that is widely recognized as among the World's most important private ones. Spanning the entire history of the medium, it lacks hardly any of the names that forged his history. It c...
See detail →

Wojciech Zamecznik

The artist Wojciech Zamecznik (1923–1967) was an influential figure on the postwar Polish art scene. He is famous for his numerous posters, and his sphere of activity covered publishing, music, cinema and exhibition design. Zamecznik was a pioneer in combining photography with graphic art. The cat...
See detail →