Untitled # 45, 2008-2010

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Chris Marker, Untitled # 45, 2008-2010. Courtesy of Peter Blum Gallery, New York

Chris Marker, Untitled # 45, 2008-2010. Courtesy of Peter Blum Gallery, New York

Based in Paris, the metro became a recurrent source of intrigue for Marker and he furtively documented people in the stations and crowded quarters of the trains. Passengers (2008–10), his first and only series of colour photographs, is displayed densely here to reflect the intimacies he avoided with others yet felt compelled to explore. Marker’s most fluid manipulation of imagery, through what he called “the jujucraft of Photoshop and Painter,” gives these works an otherworldly presence.

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