Francis Coutellier

Untitled

unknown, printed 1979
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Francis Coutellier unites two forms of technology to "point out" the inherent limits of photographic representation. At top, a gelatin silver print shows the artist with a shutter release in one hand as he points to something with his other hand. Below, the Polaroid print reveals in detail the object he points to. The information contained in each image is, to a degree, mutually exclusive. The overview contains the detail but cannot show it; the detail provides no information about its surroundings. The colour in the Polaroid highlights its absence in the gelatin silver print. Coutellier playfully deconstructs the notion of photographic transparency by emphasizing the formal constructs at work in the making of the image.
Title
Untitled
Date
unknown, printed 1979
Medium
Photograph
Materials
gelatin silver print, instant dye print (Polaroid)
Dimensions
gelatin print: 21.5 x 27.7 cm; image: 12.7 x 18.2 cm; Polaroid: 10.7 x 10.8 cm; image: 7.9 x 7.8 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 1980
Accession number
EX-80-237