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Josephine Pryde

Josephine Pryde, All-in-one I, 2014, C-print, 14 1/4 × 10 3/4". From the series “Isosceles at Ahlbeck,” 2014.

IT IS AS A PRACTITIONER first that I think about photography, and I do not learn anything new without talking to other people who use cameras or who work with the results of what the camera sees. Sometimes the information arrives secondhand.

A friend picks me up at the railway station, and on our drive home through the country, he tells me that his daughter is teaching primary school in a village a little farther south. He mentions in passing that she wears a camera at school, and points to his shoulder, as if she wears it there, on her body: a mechanical eye on her shoulder. Photographs of the children are posted on the school’s website, and the parents can see what their offspring are up to. It seems a very long way from the open countryside through which we are driving, spread out in the dark beyond us. It also seems like an age-old vein of thinking running right through it and

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