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Zoe Leonard, January 15, frame 10, 2012, gelatin silver print, 9 1/2 × 11 3/4".

Zoe Leonard

Anthony Meier Fine Arts

Zoe Leonard, January 15, frame 10, 2012, gelatin silver print, 9 1/2 × 11 3/4".

In Zoe Leonard’s “Sun Photographs,” 2010–, the artist sets out to depict some of the paradoxes of light. The series, selections from which were on view at Anthony Meier this past spring, features emanations from the sun captured in gelatin silver prints. A few of the images are anchored at their bottom edge by urban landscapes—buildings, antennae, branches—while others are centered on the glare itself as it dissolves into abstraction. Together they comprise a meditative encounter with the dualities that structure both vision and photography, as Leonard points her camera at the thing that makes sight possible yet is itself impossible to look at unaided.

Some of Leonard’s prints were tacked directly onto the gallery walls, the stiff paper bulging and buckling out slightly to emphasize their materiality. Small imperfections such as specks and dust spots on the surfaces of

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