New artist publication available at bdp bookstore:
“Selections from the Joint Photographic Survey”
by Adam Ryder
It is a re-curation of a (fictional) document which purports to contain photographs taken by a joint Colonial Transjordanian-Palestinian team. The photographs as seen in book and print form are supposedly documents of historic architecture and monuments from the Holy Land in the 1920’s.
The images that comprise the Survey work are in fact digitally-created composite images sourced from free-use photographs found on the Library of Congress website, primarily from a large collection donated by the American Colony in Jerusalem. In creating these architectural composites, Ryder seeks to underscore how the built environment of this particular area of the Middle East lays bare the cultural revision and re-inscibing that has taken place there over centuries, creating a jumble of stylistic choices that point to the ideological shifts that have swayed so extremely in the area.
Adam Ryder is an artist working in lens-based mediums living in Brooklyn, NY. He hold an MFA in Photography, Video and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts in New York City and a BA in Studio Arts from Clark University in Worcester, MA. He has been the recipient of both an individual artist grant and an artist residency and has shown in the US as well as the UK. Ryder’s two most recent projects are “Areth: An Architectural Atlas” and “Selections from the Joint Photographic Survey.” Both bodies of work incorporate a series of photographic prints and independently-published photo books.
For more information, check out Adam’s website →