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Digital scores V (after Nicephore Niepce)

  • Accession Number:
    2001:181
  • Artist:
    Muller-Pohle, Andreas
  • Date:
    2001
  • Medium:
    Inkjet print
  • Dimensions:
    image: 10 7/8 in x 11 in; mat: 16 1/8 in x 20 1/8 in; paper: 12 1/8 in x 12 1/8 in
  • Credit Line:
    Museum purchase through the Fine Print Program

About the Photographer

Muller-Pohle, Andreas

German, b. 1951

In Andreas Müller-Pohle's view, digital work is the purest form of the photographic medium, owing to its universality. Made in the mid- to late-1990s, his Digital Scores pieces are digital interpretations of the earliest known photograph, "View from the Window at Le Gras" taken by Nicéphore Niépce in 1826. In these works, Müller-Pohle has digitized Niépce's photograph (which presumably had an eight-hour exposure time), translated it into alphanumeric signs, and output it as ink-jet prints.

Andreas Müller-Pohle was born in Brunswick, Germany in 1951. He studied economics and communications at the University of Hannover and the Universtiy of Göttingen. A writer, philosopher, critic, and photographer, he has been editing and publishing the magazine European Photography since its inception in 1980. Müller-Pohle has exhibited widely at many institutions, including Goethe-Institute, Atlanta; Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris; Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki; and Espace Photographique Contretype, Brussels. His works are in the collections of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg; Center for Creative Photography, Tucson; and Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris. Since 1997 he has been guest professor at the Higher Institute for fine Arts, Antwerp. Müller-Pohle lives in Berlin.