Disappearance of Darkness by Robert Burley
Photography at the End of the Analog Era

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There have been various valedictory photographic essays about the passing of analogue photography...but none quite as extensive as Robert Burley's 10-year project to chronicle the disappearance of the sites where film was produced and developed. "
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Over the past decade, photographer Robert Burley has traveled the world documenting the abandonment and destruction of film-based photography, namely, the factories where film was produced and the labs that developed it. Burley's atmospheric large-format photographs transport viewers to rarely seen sites where the alchemy of the photographic process was practiced over the last century-from the Polaroid plant in Waltham, Massachusetts to the Kodak-Pathé plant in Chalon-sur-Saône, France, the birthplace in 1827 of photography itself. As both fine art and documentary, The Disappearance of Darkness is an elegiac reflection on the resilience of traditional art forms in the digital era and a vital commemoration of a century-old industry that seems to have disappeared overnight.
 

About Robert Burley

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Robert Burley is an established artist who has been photographing for over twenty years. His work explores the relationship between nature and cities, architecture and the urban landscape. Burley currently teaches at Ryerson University's School of Image Arts in Toronto, Canada.
 
Published November 7, 2012 by Princeton Architectural Press. 176 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography.
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Reviewed by Sean O'Hagan on Dec 09 2012

There have been various valedictory photographic essays about the passing of analogue photography...but none quite as extensive as Robert Burley's 10-year project to chronicle the disappearance of the sites where film was produced and developed. "

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