Photographs of the unphotographable? Impossible, you say? The cheekily-titled book The Unphotographable
and eponymous exhibition jump around like a magpie in the archives of photography, returning with all manner of treasures. Among the oddities in this thought-provoking collection are the famous "Loch Ness Monster" photograph, emphasizing the myth-making power of photography; electrical waves, not impossible to see, just rarely satisfying; an extreme close-up of the colored grains in film, representing the seeds of possibility; and the barely-there, as in Adam Fuss's photograph of a black silhouette on black.
As Fraenkel Gallery director Jeffrey Fraenkel writes in the introduction, "Given that photography until recently has largely depended on an amalgam of light, silver salts, and other such elements that cause images to (apparently) materialize out of nothing, its alchemical aspects are not difficult to perceive."
F. Baldet & F. Quénisset, Photographs of Comet Morehouse. October 23, 1908 & November 27, 1908.
US astronomer Daniel Walter Morehouse first observed this comet, now designated C/1908 R1, on September 1, 1908. A. De La Baume Pluvinel and F. Baldet wrote in The Astrophysical Review that "the exceptionally fine weather during the autumn of 1908 and the considerable northern declination of this comet have enabled us to study its spectrum under very favorable circumstances." The comet hasn't returned and may be on a parabolic orbit, in which case it won't pass by Earth again.