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Charlie White

All photography aspires to the condition of film. Just kidding—but a lot of recent photography does nod to the look and convention of its more glamorous cousin. Why not just make a movie? Ask Robert Longo or David Salle. Someday Charlie White might end up with a deal at Paramount, but for now he’s content to reference a fictitious movie with nine large-format, color photographs that project the stagy aura of film stills.

Like many young writers and artists, White (a recent graduate of LA’s Art Center College of Design) prefers the genres of mass culture to those of the avant-garde. Two earlier projects played on science fiction and pornography using the venue of the soft-core men’s magazine (Demonatrix, 1998, and Femalien, 1996). In his first full-scale solo show, titled “In a Matter of Days,” White extends his reach: sci-fi, horror, ’70s-style urban grit, the sunshine noir of James

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