Archetypal Buffalo Rogue
Archival Inkjet Print
20 x 24 inches
Buffalo Rogues Gallery of 1934 Series
BIO: Robert Hirsch is an artist, curator, educator, and author of 5 highly regarded books including Transformational Imagemaking: Handmade Photography Since 1960, and Seizing the Light: A Social History of Photography. Hirsch is the former Associate Editor for Photovision and Digital Camera magazines and a contributing writer for Afterimage, exposure, Fotophile, The History of Photography, The Photo Review, and Photo Technique among others. His photographic works have been internationally exhibited. After debuting at Big Orbit Gallery, his project, World in a Jar: War and Trauma, has traveled to over a dozen venues around the world and is now in the Burchfield Penney Art Center Collection in Buffalo, NY. A past Executive Director and Chief Curator of CEPA Gallery, Hirsch currently operates Light Research. www.lightresearch.net
STATEMENT: Based on the Higgins Pocket Gallery, 1934 (compiled by James W. Higgins, Buffalo Police Commissioner from 1934-1937), Archetypal Buffalo Rogue blends numerous mug shots of men and women of various ages and ethnicities into a portrait of a criminal who has never existed. This picture has no physical presence and only exists as digital data, showing us how unreliable images can be. It is emblematic of a media-based society where the image, the perception of reality, is more important than reality itself.