Robert Burley speaks about Photographic Proof and the installation process.

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Created on the occasion of the Mois de la Photo à Montréal 2009, Canadian photographer Robert Burley’s Photographic Proof is a large-scale photographic installation on the north façade of the CCA. The mural reproduces a processed Polaroid photograph, symmetrically juxtaposing the negative and positive versions of the same image, and shows an unidentified crowd observing the demolition by implosion of the Kodak-Pathé plant located at Chalon-sur-Saône in France.

The 11th Mois de la Photo à Montréal international biennale of contemporary photography is presented from 10 September to 11 October 2009 and explores the theme The Space of the Image.

The Canadian Centre for Architecture has been collecting Burley’s work since the beginning of his career and currently holds some 350 of his photographs. The CCA has also commissioned him for several projects, such as the CCA Garden (1990) and Viewing Olmsted (1988–1994). The Olmsted commission, a major project undertaken with the photographers Lee Friedlander and Geoffrey James, provided three strikingly different interpretations of the pioneering American landscape architect’s work.

The installation Photographic Proof (2008-09) is part of The Disappearance of Darkness, a project in progress in which the artist observes the effects of new technology on the conventional photographic products industry. A selection of works from the series is on view at the CCA.


Robert Burley, photographer