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Bill Jacobson

The Photographers' Gallery

A New York–based photographer, Bill Jacobson has exhibited selections from his ongoing project “Interim Photographs” for several years, most memorably at the Grey Art Gallery in New York in 1993, when a room full of his ghostly, shadowy portraits stood in sharp contrast to the adjacent retrospective of George Platt Lynes. The work of Platt Lynes stands foursquare in the mainstream of American Formalist art photography, however much it also exceeds and escapes many of the restrictions of the “school” that begins with Alfred Stieglitz, through Albert Weston, to Lee Freidlander, Robert Mapplethorpe, and so on. But whereas Platt Lynes took the minutely representational potential of photography for granted, Jacobson places little faith in its precision or exactitude. What is at stake here is our faith in the image itself. Jacobson writes briefly of this work as “a statement about personal desire

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