Back to Blog April 13, 2015

Art & Technology Group: Reconstructing the View

Author: Rashida Ng

Reconstructing the View is a collaboration between Byron Wolfe (Tyler faculty) and Mark Klett. Using landscape photography to reflect on broader notions of culture, the passage of time, and the construction of perception, the two artists spent five years exploring the Grand Canyon. The team’s results are based on the practice of rephotography, in which they identify sites of historic representations and make new photographs of those precise locations.

Klett and Wolfe referenced a wealth of images of the canyon, ranging from historical photographs and drawings by William Bell and William Henry Holmes, to well-known artworks by Edward Weston and Ansel Adams, and from souvenir postcards to contemporary digital images drawn from Flickr. The pair then employed digital postproduction methods to bring the original images into dialogue with their own

Reconstructing the View employs the latest digital imaging tools and practices along with hand drawings, video, photo animations, photogrammetry (3D models derived from photographs), 3D modeling and printing, interactive design, custom built optical viewing tools, and computational algorithms for image analysis and reconstruction. A sample of some of these methods can be seen here

The two artists have worked together for over twenty years and produced several books, web sites, interactive media, exhibitions, and talks.

Byron Wolfe frequently collaborates across disciplines on projects that require expertise and insight from diverse fields that include art, history, design, and science. He is Associate Professor, Graduate Advisor, and Program Director for Photography at the Tyler School of Art.