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Simon Johnston Meridian

English, German · Hardback

Will be released 31.03.2015

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The Meridian project is a series of large format black and white photographs taken in England on the line of zero degrees longitude. Using GPS technology to establish accurate locations, Johnston took photographs on this line from coast to coast, with the camera facing either due north or due south. A vertical fluorescent orange line was then superimposed in the center of the photographs to represent the line of zero degrees longitude. The addition of the line transgresses the conventional purity of the photographic picture plane and makes visible that which is invisible/theoretical/conceptual. This graphic intervention mirrors the way we superimpose a rational grid over the globe, mapping and regulating space and time to better coordinate and facilitate international trade and navigation.Although a prime meridian was established in the Greenwich Observatory in London in the late 18th century, many other countries used their own prime meridians, causing much confusion, and it was not until an International Meridian Conference in 1884 that it was agreed that Greenwich would become the global Prime Meridian. This cross-section portrait of a country also deals with the way in which time is measured, the Prime Meridian being the international dateline from which all other time zones are calculated. Thus time and navigation are also subjects of the series. The photographs depict the span of history, from ancient churches to industrial buildings, as well as various forms of transportation, by road, rail and air and from barges to ocean vessels.

About the author

Simon Johnston is an English photographer, artist and designer based in Los Angeles. Educated at Bath Academy of Art in England and the Kunstgewerbeschule in Basel, Switzerland, in 1984 he co-founded the London design studio 8vo and the typographic journal Octavo. Relocating to California in 1989 he currently divides his time between art, design, and education. His solo shows include Subject Verb Object at the University of California at Davis, and Indefinite Articles at The American Cement Building in Los Angeles. He is a professor and Director of Print at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. His last photographic book, the self-published Unsigned, featured empty sign structures.

Summary

The Meridian project is a series of large format black and white photographs taken in England on the line of zero degrees longitude. Using GPS technology to establish accurate locations, Johnston took photographs on this line from coast to coast, with the camera facing either due north or due south. A vertical fluorescent orange line was then superimposed in the center of the photographs to represent the line of zero degrees longitude. The addition of the line transgresses the conventional purity of the photographic picture plane and makes visible that which is invisible/theoretical/conceptual. This graphic intervention mirrors the way we superimpose a rational grid over the globe, mapping and regulating space and time to better coordinate and facilitate international trade and navigation.
Although a prime meridian was established in the Greenwich Observatory in London in the late 18th century, many other countries used their own prime meridians, causing much confusion, and it was not until an International Meridian Conference in 1884 that it was agreed that Greenwich would become the global Prime Meridian.
This cross-section portrait of a country also deals with the way in which time is measured, the Prime Meridian being the international dateline from which all other time zones are calculated. Thus time and navigation are also subjects of the series. The photographs depict the span of history, from ancient churches to industrial buildings, as well as various forms of transportation, by road, rail and air and from barges to ocean vessels.

Product details

Authors Simon Johnston, Simon Johnston
Publisher Thames & Hudson
 
Languages English, German
Product format Hardback
Release 31.03.2015, delayed
 
EAN 9783869307817
ISBN 978-3-86930-781-7
Subjects Humanities, art, music > Art > Photography, film, video, TV
Social sciences, law, business

England, Orte und Menschen: Sachbuch, Bildbände, Landschaftsbilder / Seestücke, Fotograf - Fotografin, England / Bildband, Meridiane; Landschaft

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