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- 5 years ago

British photographer Polly Brown’s new conceptually led show AIRPORTALS centres around the politically-charged process of airport security checks. Taking photographs at these points of migration is strictly forbidden, however, the x-ray machines used at them can leave their mark on undeveloped photographic film; fogging and damaging the rolls, creating unintended and abstract documentation.

Courtesy Polly Brown and We Folk Presents.

Polly has a multidisciplinary practice combining print series, lm and book works. Drawn to a variety of subjects from office plants to gallery aesthetics; Polly’s work is primarily, but not exclusively, still life. Conceptual and documentary in approach, her projects, attempt to evoke the expansive from every day and focus on her obsessions with the little, seemingly mundane, visual details most people ignore.

Polly Brown We Folk Presents.
Courtesy Polly Brown and We Folk Presents.

Three years in the making and Brown’s first solo show in The Netherlands, this exhibition brings together photographs and abstracted mark making which capture these ghostly echoes. Shot solely on damaged x-rayed film AIRPORTALS presents a forbidden portrait of these tightly controlled liminal zones in a beautiful and haunting body of work.

Polly Brown Photography
Courtesy Polly Brown and We Folk Presents.

24 October – 15 November 2019.
By appointment or general access, every Saturday 11am – 5pm.
Address: We Folk Presents, Prinsengracht 371b, Amsterdam.

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Josh Lewis

Josh has been working as a filmmaker for a number of years, now, managing to convert his passion into a profession in 2015. Used to working as a solo shooter, Josh has become accustomed to working with ‘run & gun’ set ups and has become an expert in filmmaking equipment through his experience of working on hundreds of projects in varying capacities. This experience, coupled with Josh’s curious mind and ability to deliver casual-yet-knowledgeable opinion, makes him the perfect for his role within PhotoBite.