Photographer’s Playspace

November 18, 2014

The Photographer’s Playspace show opens this week and features twenty photographers who have created new works in response to assignments from the Aperture book The Photographer’s Playbook: 307 Assignments and Ideas, a recently published compilation designed to inspire fresh perspectives in a photographer’s creative process.


The exhibition reveals each artist’s distinctive process and aesthetic, demonstrating how a simple prompt can inspire renewed engagement with the medium. For the exhibition, Sprinkle Lab director Brandon Tauszik collaborated with Magnum photographer Jim Goldberg to craft a short film around Eric William Carroll‘s assignment:

”Choose a person, preferably a stranger, to make a portrait of. After securing their permission, begin photographing them. Ask them to try a few poses, move the camera around, suggest a different location. Never stop photographing. If/when the subject becomes visibly irritated, snap the shutter at an even faster pace. Fake technical problems to prolong the session for as long as possible. The only rule is that you cannot choose to stop photographing—the subject must [tell] you that they no longer wish to have any more pictures made. Bonus points for those who get a model release signed post-shoot.”

Enjoy some exclusive screenshots from the film below:

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If you’re in NYC, catch the opening reception @ Aperture Gallery, Wednesday, November 19, 7:00–8:30 p.m.