Blog / To Retrieve and Protect: Stacy Lynn Waddell interviews William Cordova


By Wendy via Stacy Lynn Waddell

We always love catching up with Stacy Lynn Waddell, a contemporary artist based in Chapel Hill. We’re big fans of her work, seen recently in New York at Benrimon Contemporary gallery in the group show Configured, curated by Teka Selman. Stacy is an occasional writer for this blog, contributing interviews with artists such as Deborah Grant.
She interviewed William Cordova for the blog Daylight about his relationship to pictures and the camera. They talked about truth in photography, where he finds source material, the appeal of Polaroid images, removing the element of time from his work and more.

“In the early 20th century, not everyone could own a camera or afford to have a portrait taken,” William told Stacy. “The mid 20th century brought about the mass production of cameras. Now everyday people could document their life, their family and their community. Once that happened, the two tracks of photography-private and public-were made clear. Private photos could be orchestrated, but not manipulated after the image was taken. Here, facts are un-manipulated. I consider these images more truthful. Public images taken by professional photographers (and amateurs as well) could be manipulated before and after the image was taken. Here, truth telling is questionable.”

Read the entire interview here.

IMAGE: William Cordova, untitled (日本武道館 Junio 30-Julio 2, 1966), 2004-2011. Dimensions variable, Polaroid film diptych. © William Cordova.

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