Infinite Pause: Photography and Time explores photography’s ability to both stop time in an instant and to capture its extended duration. The camera can immortalize people and moments that have passed.
The exhibition looks at photography since the earliest days of the medium. Nearly 50 images from the Museum’s collection are on view, highlighting artists as diverse as Harry Callahan, Harold Edgerton, Étienne-Jules Marey, Duane Michals, Eadweard Muybridge, Nicholas Nixon, Aaron Siskind, and Hiroshi Sugimoto.
The first section of Infinite Pause features photographs that celebrate the medium's power as a visual record, extending the life of a subject. The second section focuses on works in which the camera has frozen time in an instantaneous flash or traced its sequential unfolding.
Photographs in the third section employ extended exposures to dive into the density and movement of light built up over time. The final section offers work by artists who take a conceptual approach, examining the passage of time through portraiture or experimenting with the layering of disparate moments into a narrative.