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Leandro Katz, S(h)elf Portrait, 1972, fifty gelatin silver prints, each 10 x 8 1/8".

Leandro Katz

Henrique Faria Fine Art

Leandro Katz, S(h)elf Portrait, 1972, fifty gelatin silver prints, each 10 x 8 1/8".

A series of images produced according to preset constraints, Leandro Katz’s S(h)elf Portrait, 1972, recalls, at first glance, the Photoconceptualism of Ed Ruscha or John Baldessari, yet close inspection reveals something altogether more labyrinthine than anything those artists ever did. Fifty photos, set in six uneven, vertically aligned rows, document the artist converting his studio into an office, working around a pay phone hung incongruously above a desk. The topmost photographs show shelves being constructed and filled with books and knickknacks. Starting in row 2, the photographs from row 1 appear, one by one, on the wall next to the telephone, so that the office’s prior states are folded into the new images; this is repeated in row 3 with the row 2 photographs, tripling the effect. In row 4, Katz zooms in as the images from row 3 appear above the desk, ultimately isolating

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