Juror’s Choice – Deborah Klochko
Doug Keyes, Seattle, WA
The Collective Memory
The Collective Memory series is an ongoing multi-part project that attempts to answer the question: How do we know what we know? This work is from the first phase called Collective Memory-Personal Thoughts, which delves into the influence of books on our collective unconscious.
As an artist and graphic designer, Doug Keyes is hyperaware of the ways in which information and images are conveyed to the public. He is equally aware of the way knowledge stacks upon itself over time, leaving an impression or collective memory. Keyes’ luminous color photographs of books reveal (or conceal) the entire contents in a single image. Produced with multiple exposures of all the pertinent pages of each book, the resulting images represent a condensed document of the ideas contained within as well as the physical identity of the book itself.
About the images
Each image is produce in-camera with multiple exposures of up to 40 images on one transparency. Traditionally enlarged, these dye coupler (type-r) prints are produced at the actual size of the open book, ranging from 10×12” to 23×34”.