John Largaespada

Atlanta College of Art Gallery

Minneapolis-based photographer John Largaespada works in the traditional genres of landscape and portraiture. But since his images are constructed from appropriated and invented sources digitally sutured together, neither the places nor the people he depicts really exist. With apologies to Walter Benjamin, the work of art has now entered the Age of Photoshop. Largaespada explores his medium’s liminal state by looking back to what photography once was and forward to what it may yet become.

In this large exhibition, Largaespada showed four untitled series of works. One was made up of landscape images, depicting national parks and other scenic locations in South Dakota. These resemble tourist snaps or postcards and reproduce the atmospheric effects associated with such images: light filtering through leaves; the contrasting yellows, greens, and blues of plain and sky. Upon closer inspection,

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