AboutLone Contacts is a collaboration lead research project which investigates documentary photography practices within the contemporary art context. Throughout a series of meetings which considered individual and collective areas of interest curator Talia Moscovitz and photographers Rima Otilia Qvale and Ross Fraser McLean developed a project structured around a 1:1 swap of personal archives of negatives. McLean and Qvale have temporarily traded possession of thousands of their negatives reaching back through a decade of raw photographic image making. Each photographer has appropriated the other's archive as material for the creation of new artwork.
Lone Contacts exposes several central issues in contemporary photographic discourses, such as, complex relationships around individual and collective authorship in image making, the increasing role of discursiveness and self reflectivity in documentary approaches, an examination of the life of the photographic document in the cycle of production/consumption, and exchanges between photographers and curators in changing presentation and exhibition making paradigms.