“We turned off the highway and crossed the Mapocho River, and I finally saw the city, now completely covered in graffiti, like an open book, polyphonic, aggressive, miraculously legible. Like a book where everyone had underlined a different passage.”
[from the interview by David Campany]
Immediately after Zuma I made some rather straightforward photographs of the abandoned MGM Studios New York City back lot, in Culver City, Los Angeles. These were in black and white. I then decided to try something entirely different and around 1980 I started a body of work about things you can’t photograph: Gravity, Magnetism, which way water drains, and the things I see when I press my eyes with the palms of my hands. All of these images required the construction of some kind of visual metaphor.