Chris Corson-Scott

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1985

Mark Adams Retouching Photographs at Studio La Gonda

  • Gift of the Friends of Christchurch Art Gallery, 2017
  • archival pigment print
  • 1540 x 1945mm
  • 2017/015
  • 2013

Chris Corson-Scott’s photographs offer a strategy of poetic resistance to the hypermediated digital era. Made with analogue film and an old-fashioned large format 8x10 view camera, his works are enlarged to a scale we’re more familiar with in paintings – and the detail visible at this scale encourages us to take a slow look. He is interested in sites in which the material presence of the past is still visible. Here, in a work that speaks eloquently to the modern history of New Zealand photography, he has depicted senior New Zealand photographer Mark Adams in the studio he has shared for the past few decades with fellow analogue photographer Haru Sameshima. Adams is at work retouching his portrait of the painter Tony Fomison, which he made many decades ago.

(Now, Then, Next: Time and the Contemporary, 15 June 2019 – 8 March 2020)