LOOK – One Hour Photo: Megan Cump

The One Hour Photo project opens Saturday, May 8, from 6-9pm at the Katzen Arts Center, American University Museum,  Washington, DC.  One Hour Photo distills the photograph to the ultimate limited edition: 60 minutes. Photographic works will be projected for one hour each, after which they will never be seen again, by anyone, in any form.   The opening will feature three never-before-seen, never-to-be-seen again pieces by Megan Cump, Tim Davis and Noel Rodo-Vankeulen.   Check out the complete schedule.

One Hour Photo was created by Adam Good and curated with Chajana denHarder, and Chandi Kelley.

The photo below, by Megan Cump, is titled Stain, from the Feral series.  You will not see this one at the exhibit.

Stain © 2010 Megan Cump

12 Comment

  • Wow, that’s an interesting picture to be sure, but incredibly gnarly.

  • I kind of love it. Wouldn’t put it on my wall, but wow.

    As for the concept of the one-hour photo exhibit, I think it’s incredibly stupid. The joy of art is in the sharing of it. To create something which can only be enjoyed in one time and one place by one set of people… why bother to create at all? Must even our art be disposable?

    • agreed, dumb idea. especially the never to be seen after part.

    • That is the point exactly. One Hour Photo questions what is precious. You wouldn’t say going to a live concert is stupid just because you can only have that experience once. One Hour Photo is trying to make photography a live experience to be cherished in the moment not commodified as a memento.

      • Music is by its nature fleeting and personal; photography (and other image-recording) is by its nature an enduring record. And anyway, if I like the music at a live concert, I can get a recording. Or see the band again. Or learn to play the songs myself. It won’t be identical to the music at the concert, and won’t replicate the other aspects of the experience, but the music is not lost. The experience can, in various ways, be shared.
        This is pure gimmick. In trying to be “interesting” it destroys the most valuable aspect of the imagery– endurance.

        • i’m not saying this is a good show or not, but the idea is to produce a memory of witnessing something. it’s not really a gimmick, unless you consider all art a gimmick. this type of event is age old. before recordings, ALL performances were this way. as it involves action, this is a performance. ( at least as i see it.)

          photography is not “about an enduring record” although that is what it sometimes does. it’s not even necessarily about capturing a moment in time, since photography has progressed far beyond that notion. if thats your expectation of photography, it may be that your idea is more mired in your thoughts on the process over what may constitute “art”. a lot of time this type of art isn’t even about what is projected, but about the audience to it.

          is a projection on a wall even a “photograph”? its certainly not an object.

  • in part, that is the essence of theatre. it is a time, and a place, and a temporal experience. you don’t really get to relive it or own it.

    • But that is theater, which is based on the observation of live human experience. Photography is by its nature a “captured” art, which is available for reexamination.

      Seems like a “gimmick” to get people to this exhibit. Not interested. Guess I will miss out on another once in a lifetime experience.

      • i’m not interested in this specific show either, but there is no doubt that the visual fine art world is embracing “theatre” and the temporality of it. this is an example of that crossover and trend. we will see more of this… er.. or READ about this.. ; )

      • JenDC is spot on here.

  • I love this photo. The composition is fantastic.

    I just want to make sure — the fox is eating something and that’s what’s causing the bloodstain, right? The blood isn’t because the fox is dead/wounded, is it? Even from the close-up, I can’t tell for sure.

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