New York

Eve Sonneman

Castelli Graphics

The trouble with Eve Sonneman’s photographs is their failure to give the impression of a definite point of view. Neither removed nor objective enough to read as straight documentation, they record objects and events in a before/after format without a before or after. In the case of those photos recording actions, time seems to become the subject: sculling boats ready at the docks/empty docks with rippling water; naked boat frame standing in shadow/boat frame with ribs standing in sunlight. Between the before and the after, a definite event takes place, a change has been recorded, but somehow no emphasis on either time or action comes through. Two chairs are seen through a doorway; the perspective shifts and the chairs are seen at a slight angle. Are we to identify with the photographer as observer; does our interest lie in the possibilities of placement; does the situation imply change?

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