“The Orbis Tertius/Joint Photographic Survey (JPS) purports to contain photographs from a joint endeavor between the administrative bodies of British-controlled Palestine and the Emirate of Transjordan in the 1920s. The images themselves showcase various architectural subjects left behind by an ancient civilization, loosely categorized into towers, rock dwellings, palaces, and monuments. Taking aesthetic cues from actual sites in the Middle East, the JPS photographs are, in fact, simulcra of various Hellenistic, Roman, Egyptian, Arab, and Persian architectonic forms, created by digitally combining elements of high-resolution photographs that I sourced from the United States Library of Congress website. By rooting the project in this particular geographic zone and time period, I aim to underscore the agency of the photographic medium in fabricating a composite image of the Middle East that is consistent with colonial values and Orientalist distortions.” — Adam Ryder
Adam Ryder (b. 1981) focuses his photographic practice on the built environment, urbanism, and infrastructure. He has collaborated on both grant-funded and residency-supported projects On the Grid and The Edge of Light documenting infrastructure and contemporary landscapes in Rhode Island and Utah. Since 2004, his work has been exhibited in New York, including shows at A Slender Gamut and The Camera Club of New York, at Hamiltonian Gallery in Washington, DC, as well as abroad, at the Slade School of Fine Art in London and the Liverpool International Photography Festival in Liverpool. Ryder’s work has also appeared in publications such as Wired, Hyperbalade, and i09. Ryder received his MFA in Photography, Video, and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts, New York, and his BA from Clark University. He currently lives in New York, NY.
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