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Lovely Embroidered Photos Illustrate the Limitations of Photography

By adding embroidery to photos taken during her time in New Jersey, Italy, and the American West, Diane Meyer give the images a history that both predates and postdates photography. Called Time Spent That Might Otherwise Be Forgotten, the series embellishes the snapshots with the ancient craft of hand-sewing, but the cross-stitched patches that result resemble pixels. According to Meyer, “The project refers to the failures of photography in preserving experience and personal history as well as the means by which photographs become nostalgic objects that obscure objective understandings of the past.” Click through to see the series, which we discovered via Faith is Torment, and visit Meyer’s website for more of her work.

Diane Meyer, Italy IV, 2012, hand-sewn archival ink-jet print, 4” x 6”

Diane Meyer, New Jersey V: 1979, 2012, hand-sewn archival ink-jet print, 5” x 5”

Diane Meyer, Italy VI: 2009, 2011, hand-sewn archival ink-jet print, 4” x 5”

Diane Meyer, New Jersey II: 1978, 2011, hand-sewn archival ink-jet print, 5” x 7”

Diane Meyer, Monument Valley: 2001, 2011, hand-sewn archival ink-jet print, 5” x 7”

Diane Meyer, Italy II: 2010, 2011, hand-sewn archival ink-jet print, 5” x 7”

Diane Meyer, New Jersey IX: 1989, 2012, hand-sewn archival ink-jet print, 6” x 8”

Diane Meyer, New Jersey XII 1992, 2011, hand-sewn archival ink-jet print, 4” x 5”

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