Public Installations

In 2008 and 2009 Robert Burley was commissioned by the Contact Photography Festival in Toronto and Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal to create large scale public installations in relation to the festival themes. These installations addressed the changing nature of the photographic image in a contemporary world as well as Burley’s own transition from industrial to information age. The subject of the photographs in both installations are former Kodak factories: places which manufactured light-sensitive films and papers, the materials that defined photography for the past century. They are ephemeral and dematerialized images yet their scale and context command attention, encouraging the viewer to question the changing nature of their relationship to the medium.