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Four Photographs of Rays of Sunlight in Grand Central
Photographer Penelope Umbrico presents Four Photographs of Rays of Sunlight in Grand Central, a collection of hundreds of images Umbrico found online of the famous Grand Central “sun rays” photograph. Though there are only four different images represented in the exhibit, the repetition of the exact same image on multiple websites, as well as the variations in attribution and treatment such as cropping, flipping, color filters and “watermarks”, contrasts with the integrity of the original four photographs changing with each digital iteration. In Umbrico’s installation the persistence of solar time (sun rays) collides with standardized rail time (Grand Central Terminal) and now internet time: the sun insists on its continued presence as timekeeper, making Grand Central into a kind of epic sundial. This exhibit shows how images change and expand while remaining timeless in our collective consciousness – as with these most famous photographs.
The exhibit is an expansion of work originally seen at the New York Transit Museum exhibition “On Time / Grand Central at 100” curated by MTA Arts and Design at the New York Transit Museum Gallery for the Grand Central Centennial in 2013. The expanded view offers a compelling look at the iconic image of Grand Central, seen here in its multiplicity that speaks to the internet’s profusion of images, as well as the richness of the originals.
The exhibit was generously sponsored by Kodak alaris and Duggal.
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