Matthew Booth

Matthew Booth’s photographs seem to work against an overarching feeling that a subtle detail has been brutally altered in the picture. He is interested in complicating the threshold between straight and staged photography, expanding the ways by which a photograph might originate. Fuelled by an interest in repetition and the polishing of experience through picture-making, Booth often photographs—or recreates—an everyday scene, but transforms it subtly so that it comes across as at once an immediately recognisable image and a peculiar paradox.

In works such as Joe Graham-Felsen (2010), for example, he has subtly altered a photograph of beer cans on a glass table. Photographing through a polarizing filter and then erasing the edges of the table’s transparent surface in post-production, the artist leaves the objects to float, oddly suspended. With this simple act of omission – reminiscent of early surrealist photography, but performed using current-day editing programmes – he de-familiarises an otherwise commonplace scene.

Duration 01 May 2013 - 07 July 2013
Times Wednesday – Saturday. 10am – 6pm Sunday. 12pm – 6pm Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
Cost Free
Venue White Cube - Bermondsey Street
Address 144 – 152 Bermondsey Street London SE1 3TQ, ,
Contact 020 7930 5373 / /

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