Robert Burley: Behind the Silver Curtain

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(source: The Globe and Mail) Suppose they gave a revolution and only one professional photographer came …

Robert Burley felt he was living that scenario on more than one occasion between 2005 and 2011 as he trekked his Toyo 45A fold-up field camera and tripod from place to place. No, the Toronto-based photographer wasn’t the sole chronicler of, say, the wellsprings of the Arab Spring or the roots of Obamania or the brains behind the Call of Duty video game series. Rather, he was photographing nothing less than the death of photography itself. Or, more precisely, the “obliteration” (his word) of the chemical epoch of photography, the one that began in 1827 when Joseph Nicéphore Niépce of France produced the first known photograph, on a coated pewter plate, and ended … well, when did it end? For convenience and symbolism’s sake let’s peg it at Jan. 19, 2011: the day Dwayne’s Photo Lab, founded in 1956 in Parsons, Kan., processed the last-ever rolls of the fabled film that for decades gave us “those nice bright colours/the green of summers,” Kodachrome. Read More.

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