Divide County, North Dakota
A difference between post-modern and modern photography was writ large (or writ small, in this case) at a recent photographic exhibition I attended. On one wall, sixteen small platinum prints, framed to 11” x 14” were exhibited. The images were well seen and the prints were exquisite. The exhibit was a joy to experience and an excellent example of modern photography.
The size of the artwork was an important aspect of the exhibit. Platinum prints are (usually) of modest size due to the nature and expense of that particular process. That is to be expected. My real affection for this size of prints is the intimate nature of the experience. You must be very close to the image to see the details of the image. When you take up position in front of a small print, only one person can look at the image. It is a one on one experience with you and the photographer meeting through a small image.
Post-modern photographs on the same gallery wall space would probably number two. Post-modern work is usually very large. Large images say, “Back away, back away. Don’t get too close because there is no room for you in my art.” The opportunity to get close to the artist through their work is defeated by the scale of the work.