Tanya Marcuse, Woven Nº 30, 2018, 62 x 160 inches © Tanya Marcuse
Tanya Marcuse, Woven Nº 30, 2018, 62 x 160 inches © Tanya Marcuse 

Actual Size! - Photography at Life Scale

28/01/2022 - 02/05/2022

International Center of Photography 
79 Essex Street 
 
10002 New York

www.icp.org   

 
How big can a photograph be? From postcards to giant billboards, they are almost any dimension, but what happens when they are the very same scale as their subject matter? A photo of a bus the size of a bus? An actual-size image of Muhammad Ali’s fist? Actual Size! Photography at Life Scale is a playful yet philosophical exhibition that offers viewers a diverse group of images that all share the same dimension as life itself. Conceived especially for ICP’s unique double-height gallery, it is a rethinking of the fundamental qualities of this perplexing and elastic medium.
Image makers of every kind, from fine artists to advertisers, have explored the strange magic that happens when the photograph becomes an uncanny double for the world it depicts. Works by Jeff Wall, Ace Lehner, Laura Letinsky, Kija Lucas, Aspen Mays, Tanya Marcuse, and others share the walls with anonymous posters, magazine spreads, and book covers.