This selection of recent works by Michel Campeau draws on various series of his that document the artifacts of analog photography, testifying as a result to the obsolescence of that technique. After having evinced what has become an antiquated process by scrutinizing an array of darkrooms, Campeau has now plainly turned his attention to the tools of the twentieth-century photographer. In lovingly methodical fashion, he photographs old-fashioned cameras and accessories that enthral with their elegant design and durable, high-quality construction. Objects of worship and desire for some, through their glorification and the scale of their representation, the artist gives these relics of a now bygone type of industrial production the status of icons.
The presentation of Recent Works coincides with Michel Campeau’s solo show, Industrial Splendour and Fetishism: The Bruce Anderson Collection, on view at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts until November 10, 2013 as part of Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal. It also precedes the exhibition Michel Campeau:Icons of Obsolescence, which brings together works recounting the decline of analog photography, to be held at the National Gallery of Canada from October 18, 2013 to January 5, 2014.