We are visual creatures, dependent on our sight to understand almost every aspect of our lives. In spite of this, there are countless sights to which we are totally blind. Our unaided vision is both our most essential tool and a narrow window onto an infinite and awesome universe.
Immense in both size and scope, Mikhael Subotzky’s Retinal Shift is a 300 page, 7-1/2 x 10-1/4”, retrospective, designed by Michael Aberman and Emmet Byrne, edited by Ivan Vladislavic and published by Steidl. It explores both the practice and physiology of looking through the technical history of photography, the history of Grahamstown, South Africa, and Subotzky’s own history.
The five-pound, hardcover publication has a blood-red cloth binding beneath two deep matte prints, one mounted on each cover, depicting Subotzky’s left and right retinas. To open the book, is to look between the artist’s eyes. Subotzky says, “I was fascinated by this encounter. At the moment that my retinas, parts of my essential organs of seeing, were photographed, I was blinded by the apparatus that made the images.” The orbicular images were made in collaboration with the Subotzky’s optometrist and allude to the substance of work: the tension between the seen and the unseeable.
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