The title of the exhibition, 'To Photograph the Details of a Dark Horse in Low Light', refers to the coded phrase used by Kodak to describe a new film stock created in the early 1980s to address the inability of earlier films to accurately render dark skin.
I was interested to read in a recent interview with the general manager of Richard Photo Lab in Hollywood that, "Shirley wasn't really about variation, she was about, 'This is the standard,' and truthfully, in the real world, there is no standard." However as the interview went on he talked about how on computer monitors photo techs can now adjust the colours on every image and that the lab can now make custom made colour palettes for clients and it was pointed out that, "Photographers submit their own images, and we create their own Shirley for them, so we get the skin tones they like." However right at the end of the interview, we realise that things haven't changed as much as we would have hoped, and the white Shirley from the 1980s re-emerges. The manager points out that the Kodak software the lab uses from time to time has to be set back to neutral and as he says, "We all know what that neutral is, the old Shirley. She's still here," the lab manager admits. "We haven't really gotten away from her. She keeps coming back."
Object Orientated Ontology Another attempt to find an overarching principle to work from
Drawing and the 12 principles of permaculture Working towards a manifesto
Drawing and life The aspiration