Congrats to Alumna Chandi Kelley Co-Curator of One Hour Photo

April 19, 2010


May 8 – June 6, 2010

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

Washington, DC

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

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

Washington, DC.

For more information on One Hour Photo, please visit, call 202210-

5623, or find us on Facebook at The full list of artists

appears below.