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2021 SPE Annual Conference: Imagining Legacy: Archives, Collections, and Memoria

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Michael Binder

Michael
Binder

SPE Member since 2020
Member Chapter: South Central

Michael Binder

SPE member since 2020
Corbel
Gelatin-Silver Print

Michael Binder

SPE member since 2020
Pcb 5

Michael Binder

SPE member since 2020
Earthmoving
Gelatin-Silver Print

Michael Binder

SPE member since 2020
Pcb 6

Michael Binder

SPE member since 2020
Below Tension
Gelatin-Silver Print

Michael Binder

SPE member since 2020
pcb 12

Michael Binder

SPE member since 2020
Lazarus
Gelatin-Silver Print

Michael Binder

SPE member since 2020
pcb 10

Michael Binder

SPE member since 2020
Wojnarowicz
Gelatin-Silver Print

Michael Binder

SPE member since 2020
pcb 8

about

I first began photographing when I was 11, while living in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. It was from this that I learned the impermanence and mortality of the material world, something I have never been comfortable with. Ultimately this led to my finding photography as a way to induce some level of permanence to the physical world, as my landscape was being rearranged and torn down.

I believe the darkroom to be a metaphor, if not another form of psychoanalysis. In traditional psychoanalytic therapy, the couch is where the subject lies and expels their thoughts. In darkroom photography, the darkroom itself is the couch. The negative, frail and easily manipulated with the passing of time - the memory. The act of working in the darkroom - groping around unknown objects under the limited guidance of a weak light in search of images, is the exploration of the unconscious mind.

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