Text by Emil MirazchievLarge Photography exhibition
“Large photography” – the name “large” comes not only from the fact that the exhibition was realized by the Edge Group, but also from the means of expression itself. "Large" in the sense of format as well as impact. Along with the other media the group has used over the years, we settled precisely on photography as the main means of expression and the result was a large-scale exhibition with various techniques and messages in the context of ordinary photography, installation, performance, object.
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At that time, large format photography was unthinkable to produce at home or in ordinary commercial photo studios. The exhibition was realized thanks to Takor Kyurdyan, who was artist-photographer at the FOHAR photographic materials factory. He managed to arrange for us to stay for a week at the factory where we immersed ourselves in the magic called photography. We used all the resources this place could provide – large format rolls of paper, the available copying machinery, and accordingly the huge tanks for developing and fixing which looked like swimming pools. The process was accompanied by work in the dark, playing with the spotlight of the copier or with various light sources that we invented ourselves, and then came the miracle of development when we saw what we had been working on in the dark after all. All these ideas, concepts and experiments were visualized on paper. As it is said in our manifesto that we will draw upon the whole world, this exhibition was not an exception, but on the contrary – it was a manifestation of our fullest understanding of the inclusion of different forms in a common creative process.