September 5 - October 28, 2012
Reception: Wednesday, September 5, 6 - 9pm
For the past eighteen months, John Neff has been photographing his immediate environment using cameras assembled from altered consumer grade scanners and early twentieth century large and medium format camera parts. These devices capture images using a slow-moving linear scanning array, rather than a full-field sensor, and are prone to unpredictable mechanical and optical irregularities. Additionally, they are built without range- or viewfinders, requiring that compositional adjustments be made between, rather than before, individual exposures. This means that, in order to achieve a compelling likeness of his sitters, the artist requires their extensive cooperation in the time-consuming framing and exposure process.