new-york

Kenneth Snelson

Zabriskie Gallery

Using a motor-driven, rotating Hulcherama camera, Kenneth Snelson photographs scenes that lend themselves to the sort of spatial manipulation characteristic of the panorama process: small places in Paris where several streets converge, the intersections of canals and alleyways in Venice, and so forth. These images offer a surfeit of information, providing a tantalizing sense that the camera is showing everything that can be shown about a given scene. The frame, which usually delimits the photographed world, is pushed so far at the edges of the image as to lose its defining power. The sense of the photograph as a unified and limited compositional field is replaced by a continuous scroll of flowing forms. The wider view offered by Snelson’s camera reveals the way buildings and streets define urban space. Most of the pictures here were taken in the early morning, a fact which gives even the

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