Steven Pippin

Born in 1960, British artist Steven Pippin transforms objects of the quotidian into shooting devices or kinetic sculptures. In 1987 in London, he converts a photobooth into a pinhole camera in order to produce his self-portrait from the outside. “These two devices thus placed one inside the other symbolize the encounter of two technologies: a rather rough instrument nested into an ultramodern color camera, with incorporated development.” Pippin creates a black room by blocking the booth space with a wood panel that is pierced in its center, and fitted with a cat flap. He covers the inside of the cabin with photosensitive paper and slips out through the cat flap. Once the lens is exposed, he positions himself in front of the machine, some 3 meters away. The necessary exposure time is long, so Pippin remains still for 20 minutes in the middle of the surrounding hustle and bustle. The distortions and imperfections of the final image are an integral part of the work, and show the experimental nature of his practice. (Credit: Vidéo en relation à l'installation "Self-Portrait with PhotoBooth" © droits réservés, Collection Frac Limousin, Limoges (France))