Drone: The Automated Image


Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal 2013

Drone: The Automated Image

Edited by Paul Wombell
Guest curator, 13th edition

This lavishly illustrated reference book includes an essay by guest curator Paul Wombell introducing the 25 exhibitions, a rich colour section dedicated to the artists’ works, and new essays by leading authors on contemporary art and technology. For the first time, Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal co-produced its publication with Kerber Verlag, a renowned German publisher of high-quality art books.

The camera is not a tool just waiting to be picked up and used, but a sophisticated instrument with its own laws, its own ways of working, and even its own life. With the incorporation of automatic devices – and, more recently, computers – the camera has its own agency. It can see what is invisible to the human eye; it can work continuously; it can travel to places that humans would find impossible or dangerous to visit; it can enter the human body and travel into outer space. It has been taken for granted that the photographic image is the most important aspect of the photographic process. However, the artists and writers in Drone: The Automated Image suggest something completely different. At the centre of their concerns is the changing relationship between the camera and the body and how the camera can function with little human involvement. As humans rely more and more on technology to extend vision, the camera takes on behaviours associated with the body. From CCTV to Google Street View, from remote cameras to robots, and from photo booths to drones, cameras are remaking the conditions of human existence. With essays by Paul Wombell, Jordan Crandall, Francine Dagenais, George Legrady, Melissa Miles, and Joanna Zylinska.

$40.00, 232 pages (162 colour ill., 35 b&w ill.), 16.8 x 24 cm, Hard cover
> English
ISBN 978-2-9808020-5-8 (Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal)
ISBN 978-3-86678-803-9 (Kerber Verlag)
> French: Drone : l’image automatisée
ISBN 978-2-9808020-4-1 (Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal)
ISBN 978-3-86678-832-9 (Kerber Verlag)

Publishers: Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal and Kerber Verlag
Graphic Design: Dominique Mousseau
Distribution: Canada and worldwide

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