Walead Beshty

Walead Beshty (b. 1976, United Kingdom) is an artist who uses photography as his main medium yet does not consider himself a photographer. Behsty examines the materials involved in photography and photographic techniques pertaining to the impression and preserving of images, as well as early photographic methods such as photograma, cyanotype and the accumulation of history on glass and copper plates. Often the effects of random events form the locus of the work, as in his series Travel Pictures which shows the accidental results of the exposure of photographic films Beshty shot in East Berlin to airport security X-rays, thus becoming evidence of a political reality. Beshty lives and works in Los Angeles and has many held solo exhibitions including at the Barbican Centre in London, Hirshhorn Museum in Washington DC, and Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.

Related exhibition: Melting Walls


Walead Beshty, Transparency (Negative) [Kodak Portra 160NC Em. No. 3161: November 28-30, 2010 LAX/MIA MIA/LAX], 2011, Epson Ultrachrome K3 archival inkjet print on museo silver rag paper, 2012 , Chromogenic Print

Walead Beshty, Travel Picture Sunset [Tschaikowskistrasse 17 in multiple exposures* (LAXFRATHF/TXLCPHSEALAX) March 27-April 3, 2006], 2006-2007 *Contax G-2, L-3 Communications eXaminer 3DX 6000, and InVision Technologies CTX 5000, 2012, Chromogenic Print

Walead Beshty, Six Color Loop ( CMMYYC: Irvine, California, July 16th 2008, Fuji Crystal Archive Type C ), 2009, Los Angeles, California, 2011, Chromogenic print and plexiglass box

The collection