ΔE2000 1.1 (Delta E2000 1.1)

Artist
Waugh, Shaun
Date
2014
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In this work, Wellington artist Shaun Waugh makes a series of found Agfa photo paper boxes into a contemporary artwork exploring the world’s irreversible move from analogue to digital photography, along with the fine ways in which our eye sees colour.
Any photographer working with Agfa black-and-white photographic paper back in the1990s, and before, will tell you how wonderful it was for hand-developing photographs from negatives, the way it yielded optimal colour saturation and tones of black. But the paper became harder and harder to get, and disappeared altogether. Then the Agfa factory closed and the company filed for bankruptcy in 2004.
Waugh presents this work as a memoriam to Agfa’s consumer imaging division, using the slightly battered and well-used photo boxes to link us to history while also making them a frame for a monochromatic sampling of a particular orange found on each lid. Jewel-like, these framed colour prints, arranged in variable configurations, play out our colour perception and the intricacies of what we are able to see.
The title for this work is derived from the International Commission on Illumination’s standardising measure of the difference in the appearance of two similar colours using the metric of ΔE (or “Delta E’). Delta is a Greek letter used to denote difference and E stands for Empfindung, which is German for ‘sensation’.
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Used Agfa photographic box lids with colour pigment prints
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ART00687

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