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Hans Danuser

Curt Marcus Gallery

For some years now Hans Danuser has been taking photographs of the interiors of laboratories and industrial plants. Three series were on display here: “A-Energie,” 1982, scenes from various atomic power plants and research facilities; “Medizin I,”1984, observations of pathology and anatomical instruction labs; and “Chemie II,” 1989, views of genetic engineering labs. The black and white prints are not so much studies of work environments as landscapes of a world, depopulated and half-dark; not illustrations of the life spent in the acquisition of knowledge, however odd and arcane, but portraits of the objects and tools of the experiments themselves, and the environment in which they are kept.

There are no workers visible, nor any real evidence of their activities—a rack of empty overalls in a dressing room at an atomic energy site is as close as we get to any lively and recognizable human

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