Congrats to Alumna Chandi Kelley Co-Curator of One Hour Photo
ONE HOUR PHOTO
May 8 – June 6, 2010
American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Opening Viewing: Saturday, May 8, 6 – 9pm
featuring work by Corcoran alumni: Thomas Micheal Corcoran, Esther M. Hidalgo, Marissa A. Long, Kate MacDonnell, Michelle Repiso and Elizabeth S. Fleming
Closing Viewing: Saturday, June 6, 11am – 4pm
One Hour Photo distills the photograph to the ultimate limited edition: 60 minutes. Photographic
works by 128 artists will be projected for one hour each, after which they will never be seen
again, by anyone, in any form. Each work will exist only in the experience, then memory, of the
observers. Participating artists—hailing from 13 countries, ranging from amateur to emerging to
established—sign release forms pledging never to reproduce, display, or sell the work they’ve
contributed to the exhibition.
The photographs themselves, through a wide variety of styles and subjects, embody the show’s
concept: familiar landmarks and cities dissolve into light, former bastions of capitalism fade slowly
into obscurity, figures vanish, confessions and farewells are made, strangers are observed,
haunting objects float in urban landscapes, even a vilified ex-Vice President makes a fleeting
appearance as an amiable jokester at a black-tie event.
Just as powerful as the images is the participation of the audience. In One Hour Photo,
photography’s power to capture a moment, to freeze and frame it, is returned to the experience of
viewing itself. The observer becomes the camera, recording the moment on the unreliable format
of memory. The project ultimately aims to complicate the myth of photography as preservation,
manifest the tension between the permanence of the medium and the impermanence of time, and
subvert the profit model of the edition and the print.
For the viewing schedule, please visit www.onehourphotoproject.com/schedule.php.
To see the full list of participating artists, see the next page.
EXHIBITION HOURS: Tuesday – Sunday, 11am – 4pm
One Hour Photo appears in the group exhibition inSPIRATion at the American University
Museum at the Katzen Arts Center.
Adam Good, creator of One Hour Photo, received his BA from American University. A writer,
performer, and conceptual artist, Adam has created interactive experiences at the Phillips
Collection, the Textile Museum, and Baltimore’s Transmodern festival, and performs regularly in
Washington, DC and Baltimore. Chajana denHarder, co-curator, is an interdisciplinary artist who
received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Chandi Kelley, co-curator, received
her BFA in photography from the Corcoran College of Art, and is a co-founder of the artwork
subscription service Project Dispatch. The creator and curators currently live and work in
For more information on One Hour Photo, please visit www.onehourphotoproject.com, call 202210-
5623, or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/onehourphoto. The full list of artists