Fruit Cup

Fruit Cup

1989

Michael Spano

(American, 1949-)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 114.7 x 89 cm (45 3/16 x 35 1/16 in.); Paper: 121.7 x 96.2 cm (47 15/16 x 37 7/8 in.)

Purchased with a grant from the NEA and matched by contributions from Museum members in 1989 1989.470

Impression: 6

Description

This composite photograph, made from a single negative, was shot with an eight-lens camera that takes rapid successive exposures at predetermined intervals (the kind of camera used to photograph golf swings). The photographer has only seconds to move the camera between each exposure to obtain a different angle on the scene. In this ode to a cup of coffee, Spano captures fragments of a morning ritual from a variety of perspectives. The combination of vertical, horizontal, and inverted images allows the viewer to see an object from several angles at once.

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