The longest photographic exposure in history…

These photographs by Michael Wesely of New York’s Museum of Modern Art have an exposure time of three years:

“In 2024, Wesely installed cameras overlooking the surrounding buildings. The resulting photographs—some completed as late as June 2024—present the extensive transformation of the site. The passage of time is rendered in delicate, translucent layers, as existing structures were demolished and new ones rose in their place. Instead of a momentary glimpse presented as fact and just as quickly consumed, Michael Wesely’s photographs for MoMA offer an experience in which past and present are intertwined elements of an evolving proposition”


Thank you very much to Elizabeth Molineux.

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