Death of an Alchemist by Michael Prior - City of Melbourne
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 Death of an Alchemist by Michael Prior

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Description

Photography is a medium much practised but seldom explored. In the mainstream, the photographer concerns his/herself with recording the intersection of visible space and time which together add up to a ‘moment’. They curate and present their world as it is experienced at the surface.

Photography, however, has the potential to offer a vision into the incredible world beyond the visible spectrum. It can function outside the limitations of comfort and understanding. Its jurisdiction spans from gamma rays to the infrared, it can image the invisible and is not constrained by our narrow conception of time.

This exciting realm is that of photographic alchemy.

Michael Prior is a photo-alchemist. Master of his technique, in silver-halides he paints the very fabric of mortality. His work teases out elements of the cosmos which are invisible to the naked eye. His self-portraits, taken over many years, reveal celestial phantoms and bodily decay.

The exhibition and accompanying book Death of an Alchemist documents the effects of advanced myeloma on a photographer's body. It utilises lenseless, infrared, instant and extreme-durational imaging techniques going back to the earliest photographic methods to create a set of chilling self-portraits. The process of his own death is here suspended in gelatin.

Location

The Fox Darkroom & Gallery
8 Elisabeth Street
Kensington VIC 3031
Enter via laneway


Contact details

0436 024 476
leni@thefoxdarkroom.com.au
www.thefoxdarkroom.com.au/the-...


Dates and times

16/02/2019 to 03/03/2019

Thu: 11am – 6pm
Fri: 11am – 6pm
Sat: 11am – 5pm
Sun: 11am – 5pm

Exhibition opening and book launch Saturday 16 February, 6pm-9pm


Price

This is a free event


Bookings

Not required


How to get there

Public Transport Victoria


Features

All ages


Accessibility

Not accessible



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