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United States of America born 1938

Average view: from the series "Cancellations" 1974 Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph

Dimensions: printed image 23.7 h x 34.4 w cm sheet 27.7 h x 35.2 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1984
Accession No: NGA 84.460

Barrow has been active as an editor, advisor and curator of photography throughout his career, and has extensive experience teaching the history and aesthetics of photography. In this series, made between 1974 and 1978, he scratched an ‘x’ onto the negatives to signal his dissatisfaction with both the fine art print, with its immaculate, flat surface and seeming objectivity, and the lack of critical engagement with the medium he saw among photographers and audience alike. He wants us to question the photographic rendition of information and what we might be able to deduce from it.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra