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The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Artist’s Talk: Photographer Vera Lutter

Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016

06:30 PM – 07:30 PM
US/Central

 Vera Lutter, Times Square, New York, V: July 31, 2007, 2007, gelatin silver print, collection of the artist, courtesy Gagosian Gallery. © Vera Lutter. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery

Vera Lutter’s world is both familiar and mysterious: an eerie parallel universe where sunshine is pitch-black and shadows glow; uptown is downtown; and Times Square and the Piazza San Marco are empty of people. This New York-based German artist, whose mesmerizing photographs are on view in the exhibition Vera Lutter: Inverted Worlds, returns to Houston to speak about her unusual technique and the subjects that have captured her imagination and captivated the public for two decades.

Each of Lutter’s monumental photographs is a one-of-a-kind print made inside an enormous pinhole camera—a camera obscura. Like the earliest photographic experiments in the 1830s, her prints require exposure times that range from hours to days, and the resulting images are negatives, where light is dark and dark is light. Although relying on an age-old process, her photographs are decidedly contemporary: at once direct records of the real world and strangely surreal. Whether depicting a modern shipyard or postindustrial ruins, Lutter’s photographs make us look anew at the world around us.

At the very moment when analog negatives are disappearing from photographic practice and process, Lutter has found new magic in the bedrock phenomenon and traditional materials of her medium. Join her as she talks about her ongoing fascination with the camera obscura.

About the Artist Talk

 Image: Vera Lutter, Times Square, New York, V: July 31, 2007, 2007, gelatin silver print, collection of the artist, courtesy Gagosian Gallery. © Vera Lutter. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery

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