With Proposition One: Only The Ephemeral, Max de Esteban turns his camera toward recent cutting-edge technology—utilized in the creation and communication of art—that is now considered obsolete.

Through a time-consuming and meticulous process, he dis-assembles apparatus such as film projectors, 35mm film cameras, VHS tape players and record players. Piece-by-piece, the parts are painted white, the machines are then reassembled and photographed at different stages of being re-built. The photographed layers are themselves assembled into a single image, resulting in x-ray-like photographs that are reminiscent of architectural cyanotypes.

The precision inherent in the photographs bring to mind the idea of a technological taxidermy that removes nostalgia, yet performs the role of memento mori for machines that have become obsolete and may soon be forgotten.  


39.4'' x 52.5'' image | 39.4'' x 52.5'' sheet

20.7'' x 27.6'' image | 20.7 x 27.6'' sheet

EDITION: 5+1AP in each size

Archival Pigment Print on Hahenmühle Cotton Rag