Exposure #16, N.Y.C., 2:49 W. 34th St., 12.07.02, 4:29, 2003
Archival ink jet print
9 1/2 by 13 1/4 on 10 by 14 inch paper
Signed Edition of 50
(German, b. 1964)
Barbara Probst arranges for multiple cameras to record pictures of the same subject from various angles, all at precisely the same moment. Her pictures allow us to escape the bounds of the single image as they deconstruct the notion of a fixed instant and the idea that time is a strictly linear phenomenon where each moment is experienced from one position. By testing the limitations of the photographic frame, Probst obliterates the myth of photographic "truth" by reminding us that there are always multiple viewpoints on the world.
Barbara Probst was born in 1964 in Münich, Germany. She studied photography at Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Munich and Staatliche Kunstakademie, Düsseldorf from 1984 to 1990. Recent solo exhibitions of her work have been held at Murray Guy Gallery, New York; Sprüth Magers Projekte, Münich, Germany; and Otto Schweins Gallery, Cologne, Germany. Her photographs have also been featured in exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (New Photography 2006); Centro Cultural Andratx, Mallorca, Spain (Between Spaces 2003); Museum Kunstpalast, Dusseldorf, Germany (Heute bis Jetzt – Im Labor der Bilder 2002); and the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago (Camera/Action 2004). She is the recipient of awards from Philip Morris, Dresden (1997); Cultural Board of the German Industry; National Association of the German Industry; BDI; and the Arts Council, Munich. Probst lives and works in Münich, Germany and New York City.