This Could be a Place of Historical Interest consists of forty-eight black and white photographs, displayed in sixteen panels of three photographs each that are placed end-to-end to create a long continuous display. It was first exhibited in 1977 at Documenta 6 in Kassel.
Each photograph depicts a different scene, all of which are taken in apparently ordinary locations. The sequence includes urban, landscape and interior shots, including a football pitch, a windmill and an armchair in the corner of a living room. The phrase ‘THIS COULD BE A PLACE OF HISTORICAL INTEREST’ is printed on the mount underneath each photograph, endowing the scenes depicted with a wider potential significance.
The uniform format of the photographs and their serial arrangement create a striking visual impact and suggest the sequence of photographs could be continued endlessly to include any ordinary scene. Taken as a sequence, the images force the viewer to reassess the value assigned to the visual cues before them, suggesting a new way of viewing the world and overturning established hierarchies of what is and what is not historically important…