Steven Baldi, Branded Light (Mamiya), 2014, gelatin silver print, 26 3/4 × 22 1/4".

Steven Baldi

Thomas Duncan Gallery

Steven Baldi, Branded Light (Mamiya), 2014, gelatin silver print, 26 3/4 × 22 1/4".

“Branded Light,” Steven Baldi’s second solo exhibition at Thomas Duncan Gallery, picked up the theme of the camera as simultaneously tool and institution previously broached in “Lens Reflex,” a group show the artist curated at the gallery earlier this year with pieces in various media by Zoë Ghertner, Jacob Kassay, Stephen Prina, Eileen Quinlan, H. Armstrong Roberts, and Torbjørn Rødland. A sort of second act, “Branded Light” furthered the photographer’s take on photographic prints as entities in dialogue with the machines that generate them. For Baldi, this claim is demonstrated by works that “both allow and utilize the [camera’s] ability to create a tertiary, magic-like, presence within the objects it creates.” The photographic apparatus was here presented as a third term—connected to but also figured apart from the medium of photography as such (as the inclusion of

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