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Benson works hard on NASA  images by combining multiple images and adding color.

“The process of creating full-color images from black-and-white raw frames—and mosaic composites in which many such images are stitched together—can be quite complicated,” Benson writes. “In order for a full-color image to be created, the spacecraft needs to have taken at minimum two, but preferably three, individual photographs of a given subject, with each exposed through a different filter… ideally, those filters are red, green, and blue, in which case a composite color image can usually be created without too much trouble. But in practice, such spacecraft as the Cassini Orbiter or the Mars Exploration Rovers … have many different filters, which they use to record wavelengths of light well outside of the relatively narrow red, green and blue (RGB) zone of the electromagnetic spectrum that human eyes can see.”


Not so sure about the 3D mars photographs (NASA could of put these images up… and let’s not forget how bad 3D imagery looks without the glasses). Can one actually live with these huge out of focus/registration 3D images or does one carry around a spare set of 3D glasses ALL THE TIME??? Hmmm… I hope I am wrong but this begs a closer look.  But I have to say the Man Ray inspired Photogram’s look incredible and no doubt save the show. Update to come…
Update: After seeing the show I walked away feeling a little confused. First of all I have a hard time with label “photograms” as I am pretty confident in saying that at no time was any object placed on a piece of photographic paper and exposed to light to make these big beautiful images. Especially not at the scale they are presented.  I have no problem that they are  abstractions built via a computer and then exposed as Lightjet images (as I presume they are). But to call them photograms is just incorrect and frankly a bit misleading. They need a new name – so why not call them Ruff-O-Grams?
The 3D ma.r.s images look just ok without the glasses and exactly what you expect with the glasses. So nothing really but a novelty image for me. The big surprise was the highly manipulated landscapes in the series. These are the best of the bunch and work as abstractions from afar and as highly detailed images of the martian surface. All in all a very beautiful show and worth the trip.
Thomas Ruff: Photograms & Ma.r.s  March 28 – April 27, 2013 at David Zwirner

via the gallery web site
Exhibitions New York: Thomas Ruff @ David Zwirner

7 cameras and only $2.5 Billion for this little baby.

Comes complete with 6 wheels, remote control, communications system and laser. Under the hood we got a Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator. Oh yeah, I think it can perform a couple of experiments but after seeing the photos it takes here – who cares!


High-Resolution Self-Portrait by Curiosity