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gursky, cardhouse, and me

In 1999, Andreas Gursky presented the world with "99 Cent," a huge, detailed portrait of a 99 Cents Only Store in Los Angeles. In a move that can only be considered shockingly bold, Cardhouse recreated the photo using only his primitive digital equipment. Today, September 12, 2005, I have taken it one step further, recreating Cardhouse's photo. The basic elements remain the same- the location, the one-point perspective, the view across the shelves instead of down the aisles- but the re-creation, like a visual version of the children's game "Telephone," is in many ways a completely new picture. Gone is Cardhouse's candy with its implication of youth and joy, replaced by the antiseptic adult world of personal hygiene. And even more dangly things are evident.

 

See also: MoMA Visitors.

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Taken on September 12, 2005