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6:30 A.M. 04/13/03 #34, 2003, Pigment print, 34 x 34 inches (86.4 x 86.4 cm), Edition of 10

6:30 A.M. 04/13/03 #34,

2003
Pigment print
34 x 34 inches (86.4 x 86.4 cm)
Edition of 10
Throughout the year 2003, celebrated photographer Robert Weingarten embarked in a year-long project that involved photographing the sunrise at 6:30 nearly every morning from his ocean-view residence in Malibu, California. A modern iteration of Claude Monet’s daily study of how light projected on the Rouen Cathedral, the 6:30 A.M. series studies the countless variations of a sunrise. Weingarten was inspired to begin this series after coming across an Alfred Stieglitz’s quote asserting the importance of finding inspiration locally. The resulting series are faithful and unedited translations of the stunning variety of colors that can be observed during sunrise in Malibu. The gallery is featuring 3 of the 137 6:30 AM photos that Weingarten made.

To complete this project, Weingarten imposed upon himself a set of technical parameters to limit the variability in each photograph, such that it only reflects the daily shifts of nature itself. Each photograph in this series was captured with the same lens, using the same aperture and the same brand of transparency film, all purchased simultaneously. The camera thus records what the human eye cannot observe, such as the subtle movements of clouds and water over several seconds, and also functions as a magnifying glass without conditioned ideas of how the world should look. “I wanted to show what's really there versus what your visual perception of what's there is, how that differs, and how vastly different the same place can be over a period of time,” Weingarten said in a 2009 interview.
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6:30 A.M. 04/13/03 #34, 2003, Pigment print, 34 x 34 inches (86.4 x 86.4 cm), Edition of 10
6:30 A.M. 04/13/03 #34, 2003
Pigment print
34 x 34 inches (86.4 x 86.4 cm)
Edition of 10