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Zoe Leonard 


Sun Photographs

This led me down to what turned out to be a long path, an extended exploration of different modes of representation, the different kinds of jobs a photograph can do. It can be a document, or a record, it can be used to transmit information, or employed as evidence, or proof. It can be a snapshot, intimately connected to memory and emotion. It can be a kind of blueprint of the world, or it can be completely abstract. Photographs can be used for both ordering and disordering the world. ―Zoe Leonard

Going against the basic rules of photography, or perhaps deep into to its own limits, Zoe Leonard made a series of photos by pointing her camera directly at the sun. The Sun Photographs defy the restraints of perception, and search for evidence where forms have disappeared. As in a sort of archive entry, the titles of Zoe Leonard’s prints record the exact moment when the photographs were taken.

Zoe Leonard (b. 1961) has exhibited widely in Europe and the United States. Solo exhibitions include the Camden Arts Centre in London (2012), Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich (2009) and Dia: Beacon in New York (2008). She has also participated in two editions of Documenta (1992 and 2007). The artist lives and works in New York.


April 4, frame 2, 2011

40,6 x 56,8 cm, b/w photograph, 6 ed. + 2AP


April 5, frame 10, 2011

40,6 x 56,8 cm, b/w photograph, 6 ed. + 2AP


April 5, frame 15, 2011

40,6 x 56,8 cm, b/w photograph, 6 ed. + 2AP


April 7, frame 30, 2011

40,6 x 56,8 cm, b/w photograph, 6 ed. + 2AP


August 4, frame 9, 2011/2012

60,3 x 43,8 cm, b/w photograph, 6 ed. + 2AP


December 3, frame 3, 2011/2012

77,5 x 62,8 cm, b/w photograph, 6 ed. + 2AP


February 27, frame 11, 2012

34 x 48,2 cm, b/w photograph, 6 ed. + 2AP


February 27, frame 30, 2012

35,5 x 25 cm, b/w photograph, 6 ed. + 2AP


January 19, frame 7, 2012

34 x 28 cm, b/w photograph, 6 ed. + 2AP


January 19, frame 11, 2012

34 x 28 cm, b/w photograph, 6 ed. + 2AP


February 1, frame 26, 2011

48,3 x 33,6 cm, b/w photograph, 6 ed. + 2AP


Untitled, 1989/2008

92,7 x 65,4 cm, gelatin silver print, 6 ed.

Zoe Leonard 


Sun Photographs

This led me down to what turned out to be a long path, an extended exploration of different modes of representation, the different kinds of jobs a photograph can do. It can be a document, or a record, it can be used to transmit information, or employed as evidence, or proof. It can be a snapshot, intimately connected to memory and emotion. It can be a kind of blueprint of the world, or it can be completely abstract. Photographs can be used for both ordering and disordering the world. ―Zoe Leonard

Going against the basic rules of photography, or perhaps deep into to its own limits, Zoe Leonard made a series of photos by pointing her camera directly at the sun. The Sun Photographs defy the restraints of perception, and search for evidence where forms have disappeared. As in a sort of archive entry, the titles of Zoe Leonard’s prints record the exact moment when the photographs were taken.

Zoe Leonard (b. 1961) has exhibited widely in Europe and the United States. Solo exhibitions include the Camden Arts Centre in London (2012), Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich (2009) and Dia: Beacon in New York (2008). She has also participated in two editions of Documenta (1992 and 2007). The artist lives and works in New York.