Adad Hannah on 100 photographs:
I take photographs every day. Like many people I carry around a small digital camera and take photos of anything and everything that gets in my way. I take photos because something looks good or bad, because I want to remember how to find something or what ingredients are in a particular dish. When I was sixteen I started taking lots of photos, but that was on 35mm film, and digital photography and low-cost data storage has changed the way I take photographs. While photographers traditionally used bracketing as a strategy for achieving correct exposures, we now use bracketing as a way of creating buffers of images – we document events and objects often as the easiest way of processing some information.
There was also a big digital black hole for a while. While my 35mm photos were always printed in doubles with one set put in a photo album, and the other given away to whomever wanted them. These images existed as objects in the real world. Digital photos on the other hand were always on hard drives, being backed up to CD-Roms, then DVD-Roms, and now often stored online, but they seldom made it to print. I always told my friends that one day soon printing of digital images would be easy and inexpensive, and the methods for viewing digital photographs would become more comfortable. I didn’t really know if this would be true, but at least the prediction about printing has come true. So now, for really the first time I have decided to print some of my digital photographs. These prints have been selected and sorted from the thousands and thousands of digital snapshots I have taken over the last nine years since I purchased my first digital camera. I have sorted them into rough groupings based on subject matter. I am presenting these sets of 100 photographs in small editions of five archival print boxes. Of course there is irony in taking digital snapshots intended merely as a way of chronicling the passage of time, objects, life, and style, and presenting them as artworks available for purchase. By removing certain photos out of the endless stream of photos taken and putting them together into boxed collections new relationships are forged between images which would otherwise be unrelated to one another.
The five boxes are:
100 photographs of animals
100 photographs of food
100 photographs taken at night
100 photographs of sculpture
100 photographs with reflections
Collectors have the option of purchasing a larger print of a single image of their choosing from the box.
100 Photographs of Animals
Selection of 6 images from 100 Photographs of Animals, 2008, 100 colour photographs in an archival box. Edition of 5
100 Photographs of Food
Selection of 6 images from 100 Photographs of Food, 2008, 100 colour photographs in an archival box. Edition of 5
100 Photographs Taken at Night
Selection of 6 images from 100 Photographs Taken at Night, 2008, 100 colour photographs in an archival box. Edition of 5
100 Photographs of Reflections
Selection of 6 images from 100 Photographs of Reflections, 2008, 100 colour photographs in an archival box. Edition of 5
100 Photographs of Sculpture
Selection of 6 images from 100 Photographs of Sculpture, 2008, 100 colour photographs in an archival box. Edition of 5
This project has been presented in the following exhibitions:
2008, Art Multiples, Ke Center for Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China. Curated by Biljana Ciric.