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Amy Blakemore’s homemade family photography

The Diana is a very simply constructed box camera with a mechanical film
advance, spring-loaded shutter, and a plastic viewfinder of
questionable utility. It is constructed primarily of low-quality
phenolic plastics of the type commonly found in toys imported from Asia
during the 1960s. Because of wide variances in production quality,
combined with a poorly-designed camera body latching mechanism, Diana
cameras are predisposed to light leaks onto the exposed film. #

In the 1970s, riding on a river of chance, Nancy Rexroth began to make the most of the camera’s unpredictable disadvantages. (1975, 8 x10 inches, vintage silver print) #

Diana images are often something you might see faintly in the background
of a photograph… sometimes, I feel I could step over the edge of a
frame and walk backwards into this unknown region. Then I would keep
right on walking… #

Her figures are standing there, but they’re already gone. #

Farragut walked to the front of the bus and got off at the next stop.
Stepping onto the street he saw he had lost his fear of falling (he had
forgotten how to walk as a free man). He held his head high, his back
straight and walked along nicely. Rejoice, he thought. Rejoice. #

Blakemore through Feb. 13 at SAM; through Oct. 9 at James Harris. #


  1. Emily Grice says:

    I saw the Amy Blackmore show yesterday at SAM and wanted to show some of her work to my students at Eagle Harbor HS. I also have been looking for a good example of a review. Thank you! Emily

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