Title: The Anatomy of Business
Photographer: Louis Porter
Date of publication: 2012
Place of publication: Melbourne, Australia
Edition size: 1000
Dimensions of book: 195 x 250mm
Number of pages: 64
Publisher: Twenty Shelves
Retail price: $10 AUD + shipping
Summary of Project:
The Anatomy of Business examines the visual language of business through the appropriation of an archive of 1980’s financial newspaper photographs, acquired by the artist in early 2008.
The project breaks the archive down into a series of anonymous “gestures”, which stripped of their original context and set against the inevitable backdrop of a world in financial turmoil, become both absurd and sinister. These fragments are juxtaposed with a series of photographs produced in response to the archive and in the business district of the same city. The project also incorporates a series of Appendices which distil elements of the archive along strict formal lines.