Hannah Whitaker: Imaginary Landscape No. 1

Below are select images from Hannah Whitaker’s first publication, in an edition of 50. The book presents a series of 16 photographs titled Imaginary Landscape No. 1.  Her book can be purchased here.

These new photographs are part of a continued exploration of John Cage’s compositional techniques that began with Whitaker’s recent solo exhibition titled The Use of Noise at Thierry Goldberg Gallery, New York.

“Imaginary Landscape No. 1 borrows the phrase-length structure of a John Cage composition from 1939 of the same name. Using light leaks to attribute numerical values to photographs, it takes the original Cage composition’s structural principle and applies it to the organization of photographs.”


The first of four sections (each composed of four phrases) were presented as part of Blonde Art Books’ first exhibition ‘Render Visible’.

Hannah Whitaker: Imaginary Landscape No. 1, (Phrases 1 – 4), 2012, (4) Archival pigment prints, 14 x 11 inches each

A book launch and signing for Imaginary Landscape No. 1 was held on Sunday, October 28th at Present Company, Brooklyn, NY. (https://www.facebook.com/events/436233156424933/)


Hannah Whitaker is an artist based in Brooklyn. She has recently exhibited at Thierry Goldberg Gallery in New York, Galerie Christophe Gaillard in Paris, and at the Rencontres d’Arles Photography Festival, where she was nominated for the Discovery Award. Other recent projects include co-editing Blind Spot magazine’s Issue 45 and co-curating an accompanying exhibition at Invisible Exports in New York. She is a contributing editor for Triple Canopy where she edited devoted to photography titled Black Box, Issue 12 (2011).

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