Joel Spiewak "Previous Works"

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A photograph could begin almost anywhere. When the atomic bomb fell on Hiroshima on August 6th 1945, the explosion created an intense flash of light that imprinted the shapes of people and objects on the city walls and sidewalks. These "shadows" were the original color of the surface they were imprinted upon, while the area outside the shadow was seared to a different shade by the high temperature. It was as if the world itself had turned into a camera, capturing people in their daily lives, a split moment before the blast: the trace a woman waiting on the steps of a bank or a man on his way to work.

As a child in post-war Paris, Joel Spiewak saw a photograph of one of these "soul imprints" and was deeply moved by it.

Seven of the images in this exhibit were taken in the desolate small towns of Nebraska. Remembering the image from Hiroshima, Spiewak was drawn to the ghost-town feeling of these places, the way the Midwestern light struck the high walls, the dinosaur skeletons of rustbelt machines. The blurred humans gliding across peeling walls seemed like specters, as if the photograph had made the invisible visible. The photograph is a token of their absence.

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From 2007-04-14 To 2007-05-13

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Joel Spiewak

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