Tune In Philadelphia: A collection of 75 rooftop antenna images.

Tune In Philadelphia: A collection of 75 rooftop antenna images.

by Natasha Hulme, Michael Penn


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75 rooftop antenna images arranged into a series of three typologies, "Tune In Philadelphia" is a collection of photographs taken by Michael Penn in 2008.

Recognizing the obsoletion of analog signal receivers, Penn became fascinated by the thought that these twisted metal sculptures will eventually serve no purpose but will remain in place, simply because of laziness.

Future generations will never experience static, interference, or "snow", for when the signal is lost in the new digital age- it just goes off. At most, a pixeled glitch of residual imagery is left smeared on the screen until the signal returns.

Gone are the days of VHF, UHF, and watching reruns through what looks like a dust storm.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781548797478
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 07/10/2017
Pages: 168
Sales rank: 937,171
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.44(d)

About the Author

About the author:
Michael Penn (Philadelphia, PA, born 1969) is a street photographer whose images are moody and intense. His black and white work is high contrast and timeless. The epic and highly dramatic aura in his color work lend the photographs a sense of humanity.

In 2005, Penn made a conscious decision to leave his career in hospitality after finding his father's 35mm camera. Focused on his historic Old City Philadelphia neighborhood that he's called home for the last 23 years, one image kept peeking through, between the brick facades of Georgian style homes and artist loft-style cast-iron buildings. It was The Benjamin Franklin Bridge, a structure that made ferryboat captains, of which his fraternal grandfather was one, obsolete. The completion of the Ben Franklin Bridge led Penn's grandfather into a new direction and it inadvertently became responsible for the launch of Michael's new career.

A long exposure night shot, taken under the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, caught the attention of a curator and led to Penn's 2007 solo show at The Silicon Gallery. The show featured his architecture photos with his new Benjamin Franklin Bridge series and began five years of representation by InLiquid and The Print Center of Philadelphia. Michael continued to play an active role in self-representation and inclusion in a number of national and global group shows around Philadelphia, New York City, and Santiago Chile.

Inspired by the Japanese Provoke Movement, Penn's street photography projects include the 1000 photo collection The Philadelphia Project, Out of New York, and Welcome to Market East.

More info: http://www.michaelpennphotography.com

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