Van Norman No. 12 Duplex Milling Machine
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In my series Custom Machinery, I photographed some of the last workers and machines of their kind. Though there will always be certain kinds of work that become obsolete, it's important to stop and think about what we destroy in the name of progress, to make informed decisions about the price we pay. Matthew Crawford, in Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work, describes leaving behind a series of stultifying academic jobs and turning to a career as a motorcycle mechanic, where he discovers the "intensely absorbing nature" of manual labor. He appreciates "losing himself in work that is genuinely useful and has a certain integrity to it." As society devalues such manual trades, Crawford argues, we risk losing a bit of our soul. It's that bit of soul I tried to capture in Custom Machinery. In this era of cubicles and knowledge workers and information technology, I want these images to remind us of the beauty of machines and tools and the hands that use them.
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Joseph O. Holmes' photographs have hung in solo and group shows around the world. His series "The Booth” was a Featured Exhibition of Toronto's CONTACT Photography Festival, following its four-month run at New York City’s Museum of the Moving Image. Among other awards, Holmes has been honored with a Curator's Commendation at the Houston Center for Photography, first prize in MPLS Photo Center's 2010 Portraits Exhibition, Honorable Mention in the Silver Eye Gallery's Fellowship Competition, Honorable Mention in the PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris Competition, and Honorable Mention in the Photographic Center Northwest's 12th Annual Competition. He has been a Top 50 and Finalist in Critical Mass/Photolucida and twice invited to the Review Santa Fe juried portfolio review. He lives in Brooklyn and is represented by Jen Bekman Gallery, New York City. Learn more about Joseph in his In the Studio interview!
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- Hand-crafted black or white wooden frame, fitted with UV plexi
- White, archival, Made-to-Measure Mat. Your artwork will either be matted or floated depending on artist’s specifications. Note: Artwork 24”x 36” & larger will be framed to edge (no mat).
- Expertly finished with hanging wires, protective backing archival sleeve for certificate of authenticity, and wall-friendly footers.
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