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Black Hawks pyramid, June 1996
1996; printed 2001

inkjet digital photograph
85.2 × 115.2 cm (image) 114.8 × 144.9 cm (sheet)
Place/s of Execution
Hobart, Tasmania
ed. 1/5
Accession Number
Australian Photography
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Presented by Michaels Camera and Video on the occasion of the inaugural "Still Photography?" conference, 1996
© Courtesy of the artist
Gallery location
Not on display
The work investigates the shifts in image culture stimulated by media representation of events. The tragedy of the Blackhawk Helicopter incident is not the primary concern in this work, but serves to highlight the manner in which contemporary technology presents real-life events as visual spectacle, divorcing the viewer from the realities it depicts. Parr further extends this sense of removal by presenting this traumatic event as art, deliberately working at a low resolution in an attempt to extend the expressive potential of the pixels or 'process marks'.