New York Photo Review
NYPR Archives - 2010

Doug Keyes
R. Wayne Parsons

Doug Keyes, a Seattle-based photographer, specializes in multiple exposures. His current show at Klompching includes selections from two bodies of work, one of urban landscapes and buildings and the other of books. The multiply exposed images of urban scenes are brightly colored images, not appreciably different from one would expect from this approach.

The book series is the standout in this exhibition. Mr. Keyes has used as many exposures on a single sheet of film as needed to record every double page of a given volume, which implies hundreds of exposures for longer works. A wide variety of books are included, including the Bible, Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time, and Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat Comes Back.

Results are magical. The photographs, presented in the same size as the book itself, acquire an ethereal, insubstantial quality that transforms them from the real to the immaterial. It’s as if we are encountering the Platonic form of the book rather than the actual book. We come away with the feeling –- false in a literal sense, of course, but perhaps true emotionally and aesthetically –- that we subconsciously absorb the contents of these texts just by looking at the photographs, even though not a single word is typically legible in these images.

Doug Keyes

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Thursday, January 7 to
Friday, February 26, 2010
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