new-york

John Loengard

James Danziger Gallery

In On Photography, 1978, Susan Sontag stated that “to collect photographs is to collect the world. Movies and television programs light up walls, flicker, and go out; but with still photographs the image is also an object. . . .” Since then the fetishization of the photographic print as the “handmade” object has been critiqued by many artists, but John Loengard takes it a step further. His seven-year project of traversing the globe to photograph the negatives of famous photographs poses another essential question, What is the photographic object?

Loengard is a photojournalist whose most famous images appeared in Life during his thirty-year career at the magazine. He began “The Negative Project” in 1987 when he photographed the negative of Henri Cartier-Bresson’s Behind the Care St. Lazare, 1932. Over the next seven years, he reproduced a photographic canon in reverse—an abbreviated and

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