Alexander Harding

MFA ’11 Photography

When my children go to bed I watch television. It’s a way to decompress at the end of a long day. At the outset of this work, I began to question what I was actually looking at. I wanted to see the elements that brought information electronically to my eyes. I began to set up the camera at a very close distance to the screen. The photographs in this exhibition are the product of this process. They are of approximately two inches of television screen taken at singular moments. To me, these pictures are a visual representation of the transfer of information through light. Printed at roughly the same size as a television screen, these images allow one to see the individual elements of the screen as they produce an image. Although the images photographed may not be recognizable, they form a ‘digital textile’ of transmitted information.

Alexander Harding received his BFA in Painting from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2002 and his MFA in Photography in 2011. He has been in numerous exhibitions, most notably Cultivated: New Photography from New England and the FIFA International Photography Festival in Brazil. He is a Senior Photographer at The Yale University Art Gallery and lives with his wife Leah Godcher and his children, Charles and Penelope, in Cheshire, Connecticut.