How big can a photograph be? From postcards to giant billboards, they are almost any dimension, but what happens when they are very same scale as their subject matter? A photo of a bus the size of a bus? An actual size image of Muhammed Ali’s fist? Actual Size! Photography at Life Scale is a playful yet philosophical exhibition that offers viewers more than 20 diverse images that share the same dimensions as life itself. Conceived especially for ICP’s unique double-height gallery, it is a rethinking of the fundamental qualities of this perplexing and elastic medium.
Works by Jeff Wall, Ace Lehner, Laura Letinsky, Kija Lucas, Aspen Mays, Tanya Marcuse and others share the walls with anonymous posters, magazine spreads and book covers.
About the Curator
David Campany is a curator, writer, and managing director of programs at the International Center of Photography, New York. His books include On Photographs (2020), A Handful of Dust (2015), Art and Photography (2003), Jeff Wall: Picture for Women (2011), Walker Evans: The Magazine Work (2014), and Photography and Cinema (2008).