Date: Friday, January 11th
Presented by: Shannon Taggart & Ralph Smith
The invention of photography occurred when the existence of a variety of invisible forces were being scientifically proven. Distant communication was happening with the telegraph, the unseen energy of radiation was discovered, magical x-rays were produced and worlds within worlds were being revealed via microscopes and telescopes. During this era of possibility, photography was used in attempts to illustrate thoughts and feelings, to verify the existence of a universal life force and to manifest proof of the soul.
This presentation will begin with an overview of early camera-less photographic experimentation including the evolution of what is now known as the Kirlian photography process. We will then set up a Kirlian device and everyone will have a chance to have their hands photographed. The results of this experiment will be compared and everyone will receive their image.
Shannon Taggart is a photographer based in Brooklyn and a member of Observatory. She is deeply interested in the intrinsic connection between photography and the immaterial. Since 2001, she has been working on a project about Modern Spiritualism. Her images have appeared in publications including The New York Times Magazine, Blind Spot, Tokion and TIME. Her photographs have been shown at Photoworks in Brighton, England, The Photographic Resource Center in Boston, Redux Pictures in New York, the Stephen Cohen Gallery in Los Angeles.