Rachel Phillips is an American photographer especially interested in photography as object. Phillips developed and refined experimental techniques in order to combine photographs and a variety of materials, such as old envelopes and 19th century cabinet cards. For the artist, working with vernacular photographs is a way of ‘reanimating’ those images.
Fixed is a series of pigment prints ‘remade’ by fictional character Madge Cameron from the images of a personal archive of vernacular photography. Cameron works as an archivist whose role is to digitise the photographs at the Pacific Library Privé and Special Collections. Accidental mutations arise through scanning errors, creating a “process of interruption” that the archivist learns to embrace. For Philips, Madge Cameron embodies the 'perfect imperfection' of vernacular photography, whose archival endeavours and failures bring to the fore the limitations of our own knowing.
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