PRINT October 2009


THE LOS ANGELES–BASED PHOTOGRAPHER AND FILMMAKER Elad Lassry often uses the term pictures when speaking about his work. He prefers it to both the more technical photographs and the more abstract images. This may partly be due to the lexical streamlining of an Israeli speaking English as his second language, but the distinction is nonetheless suggestive. Pictures carries a specific and familiar art-historical reference entwined with certain appropriative strategies drawing from mass-distributed print media, television, and cinema. And indeed, although Lassry’s practice is primarily devoted to studio compositions and film, he also makes works using pages from vintage Life magazines, outdated textbooks, and many-decades-old Hollywood stills and publicity shots, often modified with blocks of silk-screened color or foil appliqué. Rather than engaging with the belabored discourse around

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