Back to the Future juxtaposes the work of contemporary artists with the creations of some of photography’s early pioneers. Fueled by an experimental ethos, a growing number of contemporary artists are embracing the medium’s original materiality, techniques and processes to create radical new work. The artists selected for the exhibition Back to the Future touch on many of the fundamental principles of photography and by doing so honour the medium’s history whilst at the same time reinventing it.
During the walk-in workshop visitors can create a photogram using only a camera, a flashlight and some fluids. Various objects are placed on light-sensitive paper to create unique compositions, which you then photograph to create a digital colour photo and a black-and-white photogram. The objects only block the light once, so pay extra attention to how and when you use the flashlight.
The walk-in workshops at Foam Studios are appropriate for all ages and are made possible by corporate partner Olympus. Foam provides Olympus-OMD cameras for this workshop.
Photogram of a Asplenium marinum (Asplenium marinum) © Anna Atkins / Loan of Rijksmuseum
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
The current position of photography has much in common with the early years of the medium, when experiments with new photographic techniques were carried out on a grand scale. Spanning a dialogue between contemporary positions and those of the nineteenth century, the exhibition Back to the Future displays what the photographic medium was, what it is, and what it will be in the near future.
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The exhibition Back to the Future is initiated by Foam in collaboration with C/O Berlin. From September until December 2018 the exhibition travels in an adapted version to C/O Berlin, Germany.
Foam thanks Stichting Foam Friends and Foam Fund for their generous support of this exhibition. Read more on how you can support Foam.
Foam is supported by the BankGiro Loterij, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, Gemeente Amsterdam, Olympus and the VandenEnde Foundation.