Every moment that is recorded through a photographic act enters the category of the lost but recorded past. Photographs are anomalous objects that mark and disrupt the flow of History/Time. These moments are temporally irretrievable, yet visually accessible.

Photographs create temporal bridges with moments that are already gone. We believe they might assist us in the deciphering of the world through the revisiting of the recorded moments. Since this process is not guaranteed, these remnants become most of the time quiet and inactive memorials to past times.

Every photograph has a personal, social, historical, human, and cosmic element within it. Hollis Frampton defines them as incisions in History/Segments of eternity. I am drawn to taking photographs for this reason. Through the use of photographs, text and video, I present different times and stories, drawn from the pauses within daily life, created with the intention of marking and objectifying time.

These images represent my way of commemorating time’s collapsibility when it gets sucked in into the photographic realm.

Manuel H. Márquez is a visual artist and lecturer based on Mexico City. His research and visual work explores the temporal and the historical elements in the camera arts, and ponders on how the transition to what Vilém Flusser calls post-history will affect photographic practice in the near future.

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