28.05.14 - 27.06.14 Boris Savelev

28.03.14 - 24.05.14 Lucas Foglia - Frontcountry

18.09.13 - 23.11.13 Miyako Ishiuchi

21.06.13 - 30.08.13 Chloe Sells - Senescence

02.05.13 - 12.06.13 Nobuyoshi Araki

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12.02.13 - 28.03.13 Michael Eastman: Havana

01.11.12 - 01.12.12 Lucas Foglia

07.09.12 - 27.10.12 Daido Moriyama - Tights and Lips

30.05.12 - 28.07.12 Valérie Belin – ‘Yohoho’

20.04.12 - 24.05.12 Alex Prager - Compulsion

02.02.12 - 05.04.12 Guy Bourdin

02.12.11 - 21.01.12 Boris Savelev - Colour Constructions

07.10.11 - 12.11.11 Jerusalem

08.09.11 - 01.10.11 Alejandro Chaskielberg - High Tide

15.07.11 - 25.08.11 Patagonia

13.05.11 - 09.07.11 Burke + Norfolk: Photographs from th...

24.02.11 - 21.04.11 Sohei Nishino - The Diorama Map Series

08.12.10 - 12.02.11 Winter Contemporary

14.10.10 - 06.12.10 Robert Bergman

10.09.10 - 10.10.10 Daido Moriyama

26.07.10 - 21.08.10 Guy Bourdin

10.06.10 - 17.07.10 Alex Prager - Week End

07.05.10 - 05.06.10 Daniele Tamagni and Araminta de Clermont

24.03.10 - 01.05.10 Yoshihiko Ueda - QUINAULT

14.01.10 - 20.02.10 Kishin Shinoyama- NUDE

25.11.09 - 09.01.10 C O L O U R - Group Show

22.10.09 - 21.11.09 Ellen von Unwerth- Fräulein

10.09.09 - 17.10.09 Starting with a Photograph

27.07.09 - 05.09.09 Revive - Group Show

04.06.09 - 25.07.09 Ofer Wolberger (Life with) Maggie

21.04.09 - 30.05.09 Boris Savelev- 31 Years

11.03.09 - 20.04.09 Miyako Ishiuchi Mother's

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13.01.09 - 31.01.09 John Davies Rachel Whiteread HOUSE

20.11.08 - 10.01.09 Nobuyoshi Araki- Hana Kinbaku

09.10.08 - 17.11.08 Simon Norfolk - Full Spectrum Dominance

30.08.08 - 04.10.08 Tiina Itkonen - Ultima Thule

25.06.08 - 27.08.08 Polly Borland - Bunny

25.04.08 - 16.06.08 Alex Prager - The Big Valley

07.03.08 - 12.04.08 Tod Papageorge - Passing through Eden

28.11.07 - 11.01.08 Jeff Bark

04.10.07 - 26.11.07 Eyes Of An Island - Japanese Photogra...

06.08.07 - 31.08.07 Group Show I

21.06.07 - 21.07.07 Valerie Belin

20.04.07 - 01.06.07 Scarlett Hooft Graafland

22.02.07 - 07.04.07 John Davies - The British Landscape

26.11.06 - 03.01.07 Jeff Bark - Abandon

01.10.06 - 28.10.06 Eleven Contemporaries

01.07.06 - 15.08.06 Valérie Belin - Pallette & Chips

07.10.05 - 26.10.05 ARAKI

08.06.05 - 20.08.05 Dodo Jin Ming - Free Element / Behind...

04.02.05 - 24.03.05 Tina Itkonen - Inughuit

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26.11.03 - 03.01.04 Laura Letinsky

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Simon Norfolk - Full Spectrum Dominance

09.10.08 - 17.11.08

Glory Trip 197
A test launch of a Minuteman III nuclear missile (with its warhead removed) from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California;

Digital C Type Print © Simon Norfolk

Installation size 170x224cm

We are delighted to announce Full Spectrum Dominance, the first solo exhibition of work by Simon Norfolk at Michael Hoppen Contemporary.
This new series of photographs of military rocket and missile launches in America continues Norfolk’s exploration of the Sublime in the landscape. To capture these images, Norfolk gained access into the guarded world of satellite launches and nuclear missile tests at locations including Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg Air Force Base in California
These missiles and rockets are born in utter secrecy, launched from closed military bases and live out their lives in the soundless dark of deep space. They are what Norfolk terms the ‘Military Sublime’ the height of human achievement harnessed, not for beauty, but to find more ingenious ways for us to kill each other. There is a small moment in the lives of these missiles and rockets when they advertise their existence, in the 45 seconds or so that it takes for them to lift from their launch pads and disappear thousands of miles down range, to the heavens above. The focus of Norfolk’s work is this tiny crack in a dark and brooding world of secrets:
“The launch moment is the joining of two realms in the passing from one to the next; a fusion of the earthly and the heavenly; and the missile leaping across them. The everyday, the man-made and the industrial is transformed by fire into the Sublime and the God-like. From feet of Clay they stretch up, their heads in the stars.”
Born in Nigeria in 1963, Simon Norfolk studied Philosophy and Sociology at Oxford and Bristol Universities. After a Documentary Photography course in
Newport, South Wales he worked for far-left publications until 1994 when he
gave up photojournalism in favour of landscape photography. Three books of
his work have been published, 'For Most Of It I Have No Words: Genocide,
Landscape, Memory,' (1998), 'Afghanistan: Chronotopia,' (2002) which won the European Publisher’s Award, a Foreign Press Club of America award and was nominated for the Citibank Prize, and his most recent book 'Bleed,' which was published in 2005. There have been over 20 solo exhibitions of his work
including at the Imperial War Museum in London, the Nederland’s Foto
Instituut, the Academy of Fine Arts in Moscow and the Shanghai Art Museum, amongst others. In 2004 Simon won The Infinity Award from the ICP in New York and in 2005 Le Prix Dialogue in Arles. His work appears regularly in the New York Times Magazine and the Guardian Weekend.

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