In a series called "History's Shadow," photographer David Maisel takes pictures of the x-rays used by art conservators. The art objects are all in the collections of the Getty Museum and the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.
"The x-ray," Maisel writes, "has historically been used for the structural examination of art and artifacts much as physicians examine bones and internal organs; it reveals losses, replacements, methods of construction, and internal trauma that may not be visible to the naked eye." He aims to do something different with these photographs; The goal, he explains, is to express the "shape-shifting nature of time itself, and the continuous presence of the past contained within us."
Many of the photographs in the series are on view right here in Boston, at the Ellen Miller Gallery on Newbury St. And you can see more of Maisel's photography, including some extraordinary landscape photographs, at his website.
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