Steven Pippin
The Continued Saga of an Amateur Photographer 1993

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Steven Pippin born 1960
The Continued Saga of an Amateur Photographer
Date 1993
Medium 5 photographs, black and white, on paper and video
Dimensions Support, each: 506 x 810 mm
duration: 21 min.
Acquisition Purchased 1996
View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

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This series of images was taken inside a public lavatory on board a train during the one-hour journey from London to Brighton. Pippin locked himself into the toilet and converted the bowl into a camera using specially designed inserts and using his trousers as an improvised dark-room in which to unload the light-sensitive photographic paper. Once the paper had been exposed the toilet was flushed and developer simultaneously injected into the cistern pipe at the rear of the bowl. The resulting images are difficult to read, enmeshed as they are in a vortex of liquid splashes and chemical spots. A video, made by the artist, documents the journey and his secret activities.

January 1997

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