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14th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Altered Images
Destruction/Restoration

In my process as an artist, I take on the role as an artist, director and sometimes performer, creating. My work merges together fictional and historical facts around scientific exploration. By re-creating and sometimes altering historical photographs and videos, the work questions what is authentic and what is not. In my process as an artist, I take on the role as an artist, director and sometimes performer, creating scenes and scenarios to photograph or film. The image depicts documentary photography of an experiment in science laboratory, altered by chemicals. The work aims to question how science is mediated to the public, while also blurring the line between documentary and fiction.

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Date Taken: 05.2016
Date Uploaded: 06.2016
Photo Location: Ireland
Copyright: © Emma McGrath