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Bob Burley
From December 1st 1984 to December 22nd 1984
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For some time now I have been photographing fabricated interiors- T.V. studios, furniture showrooms, dollhouses, etc. I’m not really uninterested in the décor per se or in representations of style, but rather how these scenes work as fictions and how in turn photographs of these fictions might prompt the viewer to question some of the basic assumptions about photography itself.

This work originated, more or less as the result of my experiences working at a school of architecture. While photographing architectural models, I became intrigued with the way things are made to appear believable through the collaboration of construction and rendering, i.e. through the model and its photographic image.

With one exception, of all the places I’ve photographed for this show are constructed to create an illusion- the illusion of habitability. This illusion is at one and the same time mundane and profound. This is because the stuff of the illusion is so familiar and basic to our everyday experience.

As is the case with all illusions, the success of the deception depends upon perspective. What I’ve tried to do is place the camera in such a way as to both amplify and reveal the illusion. The resulting paradox is intended to encourage the viewer to consider the extent to which the world is configured to create illusion and photography’s complicity in the ongoing configuration of the world as image.
- Bob Burley, November 1984
- Press release (Optica)