In his series “History’s Shadow”, photographer David Maisel used x-rays to expose the structural elements of historical artifacts dating from antiquity to the nineteenth century. When viewing the images their resemblance to photograms is uncanny, but instead of the objects blocking visibility as they would in photograms, the x-ray process brings us into each item allowing the viewer to visually explore their hidden structural components. Cracks transform into delicate dark webs while figure sculptures display an abstractly skeletal feel. These objects that have existed for centuries take on a new romanticized quality in Maisel’s work and provide us with an often unseen glimpse into the artistic process that was involved to create them.
Text by Canbra Hodsdon