Rear, 304 E. 25 Ave., 20 May, 1997, 1.14 & 1.17 p.m., 1997

Photograph, 246.6 x 363.5 x 6.8 cm

"The spontaneous is the most beautiful thing that can appear in a picture. But nothing in art appears less spontaneously than that… So I think that cinematography is aesthetically more developed than the more spontaneous photographic aesthetic, the one identified with Cartier-Bresson for example. The reliance on immediate spontaneity thins out the image, reduces the level at which the permanent dialectic between essence and appearance operates in it. Although the picture which is made is often very meaningful and beautiful, I am not convinced that the beauty isn't limited by its dependence on the immediate surface of things. That kind of photography becomes a version of art informel; despite its formal richness, it is condemned always to gaze at the world in wonder and irony rather than engage in construction." Jeff Wall

Rear, 304 E. 25 Ave., Vancouver 9. May 1997, 1.14 & 1.17 p.m was photographed in Vancouver in spring 1997. It was printed in the second artist's darkroom by Scott McFarland y Howard Ursuliak. The work is a montage of two photographs. The second photograph, a closer view of the woman's hands, is glued to the right side of the picture.

Technical details

Original title:
Rear, 304 E. 25 Ave., 20 May, 1997, 1.14 & 1.17 p.m.
Registration number:
Wall, Jeff
Date created:
Date acquired:
MACBA Collection. MACBA Foundation
Object type:
Gelatin silver print
246.6 x 363.5 x 6.8 cm (height x width x depth)
MACBA Collection. MACBA Foundation. Long-term loan of Cal Cego. Contemporary Art Collection
© Jeff Wall
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