John Frederick Anderson

Photographer

In November 2010, as part of the Afterfoto season of activities, the Barcelona Photographic Archive and Arqueologia del Punt de Vista jointly organised a three-part educational activity entitled Working across Time: Rephotographing Images of Place, led by the North American photographer Mark Klett.

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Working across Time is based on rephotography, a painstaking genre in which a scene previously photographed is shot again with the aim to show the passage of time through the comparison of the different images taken at the same place in different moments. 

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However, rephotography does not entail merely taking a photograph for a second time; the activity is also based on the thorough selection of historical material and on research aimed at enabling us to set up our camera exactly where someone did so before. 

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In this sense, the new photograph obtained is the by-product of a meditation on three subjects: the original photographer, the photographer who comes afterwards, and the viewer who observes both of them.

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Refotografiar Barcelona was exhibited at the Arxiu Fotografic de Barcelona, 2011- 2012 with an accompanying catalogue.