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#203 Photograph - Limited Edition of 1

Harlan Erskine

United States

Photography, C-type on Paper

Size: 30 W x 20 H x 0.5 D in

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I combed the streets looking for convenience stores with common architectural details. This project is a collection of images that I made and produced in a limited number in conjunction with 20 x 30 inch prints all taken in Miami, FL. This project on the convenience store is concerned with the consumer culture of immediacy, 24-hour availability, information overload, and the loss of local identity. The images were made after midnight and photographed with a 4 x 5 inch view camera in a straight-on objective style. I was influenced in equal parts by the German photographic team of Bernd and Hilla Becher’s straight shoots of industrial landscapes and Ed Ruscha’s 1963 book Twenty Six Gasoline Stations. By shooting these stores in the same straight ahead angle it highlights the differences in each store’s product display and unique advertisements. I use a view camera because it provides ultra sharp detail and helps to create a window into each scene. By using a large format camera the scene contains vastly more detail than the human eye can digest at once. Thus, it is the ideal way to document the information overload of the Miami–Dade County landscape.

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Photography:C-type on Paper

Artist Produced Limited Edition of:1

Size:30 W x 20 H x 0.5 D in

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Harlan Erskine's photography has been exhibited at the Bas Fisher Invitational, the Miami Art Museum, Locust Projects Annual Fundraiser, Lemon Sky Projects and Editions, the Ambrosino Gallery, which has shown his photography at the PalmBeach3, Art Basel Miami Beach, and Pulse art fairs, and the Photographic Resource Center in Boston. In 2006, a photograph from Erskine's series, Ten Convenient Stores, was included in a exhibition at the Miami Art Museum curated by Andy Goldsworthy entitled, Modern Photographs: The Machine, the Body and the City Selections from the Charles Cowles Collection. The show was comprised of artwork that had been donated to the museum's permanent collection. From 2005-2007 Harlan worked as an in-house photographer at Crispin Porter + Bogusky. While there he photographed for companies including Ad Council, Coke, Geek Squad, Miller, MINI Cooper, Pearl Izumi, Truth and Volkswagen. Erskine has also shot editorial for XLR8R, THEME Magazine, The Blow Up, Tate Magazine (UK), The Source, The L Magazine, Harvard Business Review and Brooklyn Magazine. In the spring of 2008, Erskine exhibited his first solo show entitled, Black Sun Project at the Bas Fisher Invitational in Miami, FL. Erskine received his MFA from the School of Visual Arts (NY) in 2009. In the thesis show he exhibited five images from the project entitled, Imaginary Wars. This series was awarded 3rd place in the Linhof Young Photographers Award international photographic competition. A selection of this work was later featured in a juried group show at the Photographic Resource Center. Erskine currently lives in Brooklyn where he shoots editorial, commercial and his own projects.

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