Please join Filter Photo Thursday, May 24th for a book launch and signing with Barbara Diener. In her new publication with Daylight Books, “Phantom Power,” Diener explores and interprets the possibilities through her photography using various techniques such as suggestive aberrations and double exposures which draw on an expansive history of photographers who have experimented with the medium’s unique relationship with the concept of truth.
Diener writes: “Since its invention, photography has lent a sense of immortality to its subjects. In recent years the paranormal has received amplified media attention through numerous ‘reality’ television programs that sensationalize any phenomena for the camera. On the contrary, my approach is self-reflective and curious. To make the resulting images I have adopted both traditional and contemporary methods of capturing the invisible, as well as employed my own interpretation of the magical and mystical”.
“Phantom Power” includes insightful texts by Allison Grant, assistant professor of photography, Department of Art and Art History, University of Alabama, and former assistant curator of education and exhibitions, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College Chicago, and Gregory Harris, an assistant curator of photography at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia. Lisa Janes, a Chicago based artist, curator, and educator, interviews Diener.