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Copyright Michael N Meyer 2002-2023


Transigram #93e5ba48 was created with a Single Pixel Camera, a simple apparatus I built consisting of a photodiode as its single picture element and a crude transimpedance amplifier. The circuit converts light into voltages which are then recorded digitally as sound that is analyzed as data to form the visual representation. The image is at once visual, aural and digital.

Constructing these radically simplified devices is a means of examining closely both my image making process and our collective process of reading images. It implicitly raises questions about the myriad industrial, social and political constructs for which photography is the nexus.

Kodak told us we had only to push the button and it would do the rest. We as creators and consumers of photography have been happy to accept that for many of our tools or platforms we will know the input and see the output but won’t entirely understand or care how one becomes the other. We have become functionaries, particularly in the digital realm. The value we create does not necessarily accrue to us. What are the workings of the black box?