New York

Wolf Kahlen

P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center

Wolf Kahlen is a man whose story is more interesting than his photographs. From them we get no shock of impact as momentous as the one that sunk the boat Kahlen was on last summer. But we’ll get back to the sea saga in a minute. Kahlen’s photographs come in long, fold-out books, and are all done in series. One book/series, for instance, shows what three different cities look like when photographed once an hour from the same vantage point over the same 24-hour period. (During eight of those hours all the prints are of course pitch black, or would have been if one of the cities hadn’t been Reykjavik, where the sun never sets at the time of year that the pictures were made.) In another book, a photograph of a skull is followed by a photograph of the first photograph lying next to the same skull. This is then followed by a third photograph in which it is the second photograph that lies next

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