All old-school photographers know that black-and-white film typically registers a negative image of the subject of a photograph, which can then be printed as a positive image on paper for final viewing. What looks dark on a negative becomes light on a print. But what happens when an artist decides to play with this paradigm by aiming to make the final image a negative image that looks like a positive image?
Slovakian photographer Tono Stano has been artfully exploring this idea since the 1990s, and the results are wonderful, delightful, surreal, and hard to deconstruct. Lens Culture is pleased to present a dozen of our favorite images from Stano's series titled White Shadow.
This (silent) video offers an inspiring behind-the-scenes look at the artist at work in his studio.
Mixing performance, self-portraiture and a light conceptual touch (shades of Cindy Sherman?), this series is a clever response to an archive of over 30,000 photographs which capture slices of "ordinary" life in rural Finland.
Echoing his belief that all humans have an inherent longing to live in a place like a womb, Won Kim has photographed nude figures curled into fetal positions, as they rest in unlikely corners of urban environments.