David Wolf Photographs

The After Life of Things addresses photography itself, both its practice and means of representation, its history and place in contemporary art.

The After Life of Things explores the materiality of things and the nature of photographic materials, while celebrating the wonder of the traditional darkroom in an age of its demise.

The decline of darkroom practice has led me to consider the nature of photographic materials in ways I hadn’t previously imagined. With this project I draw a parallel between discarded things and discontinued photo papers as found objects, utilizing the typically unwanted color shifts and random marks characteristic of expired papers as a metaphor for impermanence and mortality.

The project has grown to include images inspired by collected objects, as well as cameraless images. The photographs are both images of objects and objects themselves, with subjects that speak to a range of human experience.