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Museum of Contemporary Photography (MOCP) presents The Limits of Photography

The Museum of Contemporary Photography (MOCP) presents The Limits of Photography an exhibition on view through March 25, 2012.

Randy Hayes, Kyoto Japan, 2011

“The Limits of Photography” explores the area where the viewer loses confidence in the veracity of a photographically based work. We have been confident

since the beginning of widely published photographic images in the late 1920s that photographs are telling us something very truthful about the world. This notion can be challenged when the photograph is manipulated to the point of losing our trust both in its identity as a photograph and subsequently in its veracity as a document. A subtext of the exhibition is how long we can still identify a photograph as a photograph, and the parallel realization of how good we are at confusing photography with reality.

The exhibition also contains a wide variety of contemporary mixed media and alteration/manipulation. Some of these departures from photographic purity result in very minimal imagery and some in dense, intricate detail. Taken as a whole this work results in something more akin to a series of partially remembered dreams than to a clear report or document. –– Rod Slemmons, Curator at Large, Museum of Contemporary Photography

Featuring the work of:
John Brill
Randy Hayes
Daniel Hojnacki
Sally Ketcham
Vera Klement
Curtis Mann
JJ Murphy
Chris Naka
Rhona Shand
Doug Stapleton

The Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP), a resident organization of Columbia College Chicago, is the only museum in the Midwest with an exclusive commitment to the medium of photography. By presenting projects and exhibitions that embrace a wide range of contemporary aesthetics and technologies, the MoCP strives to communicate the value and significance of photographic images as expressions of human thought, imagination, and creativity.

Museum of Contemporary Photography 600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

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