Reality Check: Truth and Illusion in Contemporary Photography



Corridor, 1997

“The eerily lit interiors in Kalpakjian’s pictures do not exist in three-dimensional reality. Devoid of human presence, these virtual spaces are created on a computer with sophisticated architectural design programs such as Form Z and Lightscape. Kalpakjian begins by drawing a simple model on the screen, then uses the imaging software to manipulate the light, shadow, surface texture, and tone. Finally, he selects a view of the virtual space and renders the resulting digital image as a photographic print. This anonymous institutional corridor, with its vaguely unsettling feeling of airlessness, offers an apt metaphor for the sterile functionality of contemporary bureaucratic culture.”

Here’s the link for the special exhibit at the Met that I mentioned in class last week:


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