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Andy Mattern, Standard Size


Standard Size is a series of photographs that both critiques and a celebrates the medium of photography. Distracted by the example pictures that appear on packages of photographic paper lying around the studio, I was moved to purge this information from view. So I cut or sanded off promotional images and used colored masking tape to cover up text. What began as an effort to obscure or remove information resulted in new subjects to photograph – surfaces that seem both familiar and inexplicable. Shot straight-on and printed at life-size scale, the resulting photographs operate between abstraction and hyperrealism.


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