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Photography Beyond Technique: Essays from F295 on the Informed Use of Alternative and Historical Photographic Processes by Tom Persinger

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THAT OBSCURA OBJECT OF DESIRE: A BRIEF HISTORY

Stephen Berkman

On a cloudless spring day, I was traveling through the post-industrial streets of Pittsburgh in a rented car guided by a GPS system that was beginning to exhibit worrisome signs of passive aggressive behavior. This was back in the dark ages of 2011 when technology still had interpersonal issues to sort out. The device was supposed to shepherd me to the F295 conference where I was soon scheduled to speak. Regrettably though, even with 21st century technology at my command, I found myself lost. A stray line from the film Buckaroo Banzai – “Wherever you go, there you are” – drifted to mind as I was trying to right myself back on course. It was about then, that I spotted an independent ...

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