The Disappearance of Darkness Limited Edition Portfolio by Robert Burley
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Set of 15 pigment prints on archival paper mounted to archival board
Each print signed, titled, dated, and editioned, in pencil, au mount verso.
Housed in a cloth-bound clamshell box with colophon, image list, and a specially hand-bound, signed copy of "The Disappearance of Darkness: Photography at the End of the Analog Era" book
Edition of 15 + 1 AP
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, Photography at the end of the analog era 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.
Born in 1957 – Picton, ON, Canada. Currently lives and works in Toronto.As an artist working in photography, Robert Burley has sought to describe and interpret the built environment in which he lives. His work often explores the transition between city and country through projects such as ORD: O’Hare Airﬁeld; Viewing Olmsted; Great Lakes; and An Enduring Wilderness. He has also photographed urban spaces and structures through commissioned and self-directed projects that include: Disappearance of Darkness; The New Suburb; Instruments of Faith; House/Home; and The Places of Glenn Gould.
Burley’s photographs have been extensively published and exhibited and can be found in numerous museum collections including the National Gallery of Canada, Musée de l’Elysée, George Eastman Museum, Canadian Centre for Architecture, and Musée Niépce. Books featuring the work of Robert Burley include Viewing Olmsted: Photographs by Robert Burley, Lee Friedlander, and Geoffrey James; O’Hare: Airport on the Prairie; The Disappearance of Darkness: Photography at the End of the Analog Era; and An Enduring Wilderness: Toronto’s Natural Parklands.
Robert Burley lives in Toronto with his family and currently is a professor at Ryerson University’s School of Image Arts.Source: RobertBurley.com
Photographer Robert Burley Visualizes Toronto’s Defining Feature’- Ryerson’s Innovation Newsletter, Issue 29: Spring 2018
Picturing the End of Analog - New York Times: Lens, Feb. 12, 2013
Robert Burley, Behind the Silver Curtain - Globe and Mail, Nov. 26, 2012