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Pepsi Cola Interior II: July 6-13, 2000

Artist:
Vera Lutter (German, born Kaiserslautern, 1960)
Date:
2000
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Overall installation: 90 3/4 in. × 14 ft. 3/4 in. (230.5 × 428.6 cm) Sheet (A): 90 in. × 55 3/4 in. (228.6 × 141.6 cm) Sheet (B): 90 in. × 55 3/4 in. (228.6 × 141.6 cm) Sheet (C): 90 in. × 55 3/4 in. (228.6 × 141.6 cm) Frame (each): 90 3/4 × 56 1/4 in. (230.5 × 142.9 cm)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Purchase, Joseph M. and Barbara Cohen Foundation Inc. Gift, 2001
Accession Number:
2001.573a–c
Rights and Reproduction:
© Vera Lutter
Not on view
While the basis for Lutter’s technique—the camera obscura—is older than photography itself, her images and subject matter are wholly modern. This enormous negative print was made inside a room-sized pinhole camera that Lutter built in a derelict Pepsi-Cola bottling plant on the East River in Hunters Point, Queens. After pinning three huge sheets of photographic paper opposite the camera’s pinhole aperture, she worked inside the camera to monitor and manipulate the light during the weeklong exposure. The bottling plant itself closed in 1999 and was later demolished.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Now You See It: Photography and Concealment," March 31, 2014–September 1, 2014.

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