Ctrl+P: Photography taken offline is an exciting venture at Catherine Edelman Gallery inspired by the hundreds of photographs we see on blogs and online galleries. Started in January 2011, CEG introduces Chicagoans to new artists we find while searching the web, exhibiting a small selection of one person’s work every two months, taking the pictures offline and putting them on the wall. It is our goal that Ctrl+P will provide further exposure for these photographers away from the glow of a computer monitor and without the temptation to click to the next link. We hope you will join us by unplugging from the internet and visiting CEG to see these photographs the way they were intended — in print.
Our first artist of 2012 features the work of Todd Fisher. Todd grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He is a self-taught photographer who has been exhibited and published worldwide. JSBJ Paris published a limited edition monograph entitled “Maledictions Occasionnells” 2010, which has been included in the MOMA Museum library. His work was included in the 2010 Humble Arts Foundation Collectors Guide For Emerging Arts Photography. His second monograph “Someone Cuts My Hair While I Sleep” was just published by PogoBooks, Berlin in November 2011. Todd Fisher has exhibited his work in multiple group shows worldwide, including the 2011 New York Photo Festival and at the 2011 Nofound to New Documents in London.
Todd Fisher´s photography originates from everyday life. He draws inspiration from his immediate surroundings and shoots just at the right moment to capture the mystical momentum rather than the narrative. His motives are of unknown protagonists at non-places. In the moment of taking a picture the situations seem to arise spontaneously, which in combination with his working methods makes Fisher´s photography authentic. Their documentary character is undeniable. Yet there is a clear distinction from photojournalism, because Fisher’s photographs incorporate artistic composition with a shifted and often non-linear focus. Where the street has a clear narrative, his personal view is more abstract and even opaque at times. Context is deliberately absent or left vague, allowing the viewer to create their own reality. His protagonists behave remarkably uniform, staring into nothingness or seem to be engaged in a strange relationship with structural features of their immediate environment. Following Todd Fishers photography is always fascinating; his work is intimate, mysterious, spontaneous, witty, and sad at the same time. –Text courtesy of Todd Fisher and PogoBooks.
If At First – Artist Inverview