Disappearance of Darkness, Robert Burley

Employee Identification Board, Polaroid, Enschede, The Netherlands, 2010

 

End of Employee Meeting, West Parking Lot, Last Day of Manufacturing Operations, Kodak Canada, Toronto, 2005

 

Film Coating Facitlity, Agfa-Geveart, Mortsel, Belgium [#2], 2007

 

After the Failed Implosion of the Kodak-Pathé Building GL, Chalon-Sur-Saône, France, 2007

 

Paper Finishing Building, Ilford, Mobberley, United Kingdom, 2010

 

Executive Entrance, Building 7, Kodak Canada, Toronto, 2005

 

Darkroom, Building 3, Kodak Canada, Toronto, 2005

The photographic materials and systems I’ve used throughout my career are disappearing at an alarming rate. Over the last five years, companies such as Kodak, Agfa, and Polaroid have been pushed into an economic free-fall as the demand for their long-established products has evaporated. The end of the analogue era is evident in the recent closings and demolition of large-scale manufacturing facilities dedicated to the production of conventional photographic products.”

Há todo um edifício teórico que desaba perante a perda de materialidade da fotografia, nomeadamente aquele que responde perante a verdade do “documento”. Disapperance of Darkness de Robert Burley é justamente sobre parte dessa perda. Todo um mundo que desaparece diante dos nossos olhos, em que é a luz que curiosamente revela a escuridão do desaparecimento, conforme o belo e metafórico título enuncia. O peso da nostalgia, que o tempo se encarregará de transformar em leve memória.

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