[astronauts and fetus]; Bishop, Michael; 1971; 2000:0058:0001

From

Nathan Lyons Research Center, Visual Studies Workshop

Name/Title

[astronauts and fetus]

About this object

Michael Bishop was an American artist who focused on creating images that challenged the viewer's perception. He was involved with the Visual Dialogue Foundation in the 1960's, was one of the first photographers to use the large 20x24" Polaroid camera, and was represented by Light Gallery, the first photography-exclusive gallery in New York. Bishop was known for manipulating his images, first using analogue techniques and then embracing Photoshop in its early days. titling himself a digital artist long before it was a common term. His work can be found in the collections of many institutions across the country.

This contact print shows an image with two astronauts in a spacecraft, blurred by lines of motion. The viewer is also presented with a contact print of a negative showing a fetus, taken with what appears to be radiographic film. The immense black expanse ties these two disparate images together.

Maker

Bishop, Michael

Maker Role

Photographer

Format

Contact prints

Date Made

1971

Medium and Materials

Gelatin silver prints

Inscription and Marks

mat recto: [pencil] Bishop 2000:058:01 print verso: [black ink] M-71-12 +72 print verso:[red ink] 20x24 print verso:[pencil]Michael Bishop 1971 2000:058:01 mat verso: [pencil] 8

Measurements

image: 31.4 cm x 45.1 cm
overall: 40.2 cm x 50.4 cm

Subject and Association Keywords

20th Century Photography

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gelatin silver

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Black and White

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1970s

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contact print

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Collage

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Baby

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fetus

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Astronaut

Subject and Association Keywords

spacecraft

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spaceship

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rocket

Subject and Association Keywords

space travel

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x-ray

Subject and Association Keywords

radiograph

Subject and Association Keywords

film strip

Object Type

Photograph

Object number

2000:0058:0001

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