Jerry Spagnoli


Jerry Spagnoli (b. 1956) investigates concepts of photographic objectivity and how a photograph’s success is typically based on whether or not viewers find the details of a subject intriguing. In 1994/1995 Spagnoli began making daguerreotypes, a process he considers to be an optical device, as opposed to a print, because of its ability to produce an uncanny illusion of depth with excellent clarity. This allows viewers to sense they are looking into the subject itself, thus “momentarily persuading them that they are looking at something real.” The mirror-like surface of his daguerreotypes mesmerizes viewers ...

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