Congratulations to Jordan Tate, who was recently named a runner-up for the Aperture Foundation’s 2010 Portfolio Prize.
In his own words, the “New Work” series is “an exploration of visual language and process. In a sense it is an examination of how we see, what we see, what merits being seen, and how images function in contemporary visual culture.”
The images themselves are idiosyncratic, intensely self-referential, but touched with a handworked quality which defies the traditional notion of a photograph as machine-made and authoritarian in view. Using lenticular screens, animated gifs, screen grabs from what is plausibly his own Macbook Pro, and repurposed or photographs with a “snapshot” aesthetic, Tate injects a refreshing, playful critique onto photography as a site of seeing.