An installation view of the exhibition Stan Douglas: Photographs, at David Zwirner New York, dated 2016.

Stan Dougals

Photographs

David Zwirner is pleased to present a survey of Stan Douglas's photographic works spanning his career. Held in conjunction with the United States premiere of the artist's new film installation The Secret Agent, the exhibition on view at the gallery in New York will show significant series of works from the late 1990s to the present, including Potsdamer Schrebergärten (1994-2005), Malabar People (2011), among others.

The exhibition also marks the New York debut of Douglas's most recent large-scale photographs, which further the artist's ongoing investigations of photography's complex and layered relationship to documentation, place, and history. In this series of dark, nearly indiscernible images, Douglas reimagines the postwar urban spaces of his native city of Vancouver, as it existed in 1948, when thousands of people exploited loopholes in British Columbia's property laws to create provisional forms of accommodation in public spaces. Drawing on archival photographs and film footage, Douglas has digitally rendered several of these temporary urban structures and communities in minute detail. Inspired by film noir, he deploys subtle tonal shifts of black, gray, and white, cloaking the city's interstitial spaces in shadow, while the eerily quiet scenes and dim pockets of light transform otherwise liminal structures and spaces into sophisticated theatrical mise-en-scènes. This historical reimagining challenges the conventions of the medium of photography itself, as the resulting hyperreal images are impossible photographs of a time and place unobserved by the camera, yet simultaneously fully dependent on the particularities of that time and place. As the artist has observed about these works, "It's taking a photograph you can't really take. The places aren't there anymore and there's no light."

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A photograph by Stan Douglas, titled Malabar People: Single Woman II, 1951, dated 2011.

Stan Douglas

Malabar People: Single Woman II, 2011
Digital fiber print mounted on Dibond aluminum
40 x 30 inches (101.6 x 76.2 cm)
A photograph by Stan Douglas, titled Malabar People: Owner/Bartender, 1951, dated 2011.

Stan Douglas

Malabar People: Owner/Bartender, 2011
Digital fiber print mounted on Dibond aluminum
40 x 30 inches (101.6 x 76.2 cm)
An installation view of the exhibition Stan Douglas: Photographs, at David Zwirner New York, dated 2016.
An installation view of the exhibition Stan Douglas: Photographs, at David Zwirner New York, dated 2016.
An installation view of the exhibition Stan Douglas: Photographs, at David Zwirner New York, dated 2016.
An installation view of the exhibition Stan Douglas: Photographs, at David Zwirner New York, dated 2016.
An installation view of the exhibition Stan Douglas: Photographs, at David Zwirner New York, dated 2016.
A photograph by Stan Douglas, titled Artists' Cabin, dated 2009.

Stan Douglas

Artists' Cabin, 2009
Digital C-print mounted on Dibond aluminum
60 x 89 1/2 inches (152.4 x 227.3 cm)
An photograph by Stan Douglas, titled Olde Curio Shop, dated 2010.

Stan Douglas

Olde Curio Shop, 2010
Digital C-print mounted on Dibond aluminum
59 1/2 x 84 inches (151.1 x 213.4 cm)
A photograph in a series by Stan Douglas, titled Television Spots, dated 1987.

Stan Douglas

Detail of Television Spots, 1987
12 black and white photographs
20 7/8 x 11 1/2 inches (53 x 29.2 cm)
A photograph in a series by Stan Douglas, titled Television Spots, dated 1987.

Stan Douglas

Detail of Television Spots, 1987
12 black and white photographs
20 7/8 x 11 1/2 inches (53 x 29.2 cm)
A photograph by Stan Douglas, titled The Second Hotel Vancouver, dated 2014.

Stan Douglas

The Second Hotel Vancouver, 2014
Digital chromogenic print mounted on aluminum
96 x 60 inches (243.8 x 152.4 cm)
A photograph by Stan Douglas, titled Hogan's Alley, dated 2014.

Stan Douglas

Hogan's Alley, 2014
Digital chromogenic print mounted on Dibond aluminum
59 x 119 inches (149.9 x 302.3 cm)
A photograph by Stan Douglas, titled Lazy Bay, dated 2015.

Stan Douglas

Lazy Bay, 2015
Digital chromogenic print mounted on Dibond aluminum
36 x 96 inches (91.4 x 243.8 cm)
A photograph by Stan Douglas, titled Bumtown, dated 2015.

Stan Douglas

Bumtown, 2015
Digital chromogenic print mounted on Dibond aluminum
59 1/2 x 119 inches (151.1 x 302.3 cm)
A photograph by Stan Douglas, titled Malabar People: Longshoreman, 1951, dated 2011.

Stan Douglas

Malabar People: Longshoreman, 1951, 2011
Digital fiber print mounted on Dibond aluminum
40 x 30 inches (101.6 x 76.2 cm)
A photograph by Stan Douglas, titled Malabar People: West-Side Lady, 1951, dated 2011.

Stan Douglas

Malabar People: West-Side Lady, 1951, 2011
Digital fiber print mounted on Dibond aluminum
40 x 30 inches (101.6 x 76.2 cm)
A photograph by Stan Douglas, titled CanMalabar People: Single Woman I, 1951dlelight, dated 2011.

Stan Douglas

Malabar People: Single Woman I, 1951, 2011
Digital fiber print mounted on Dibond aluminum
40 x 30 inches (101.6 x 76.2 cm)
A photograph by Stan Douglas, titled Malabar People: Single Woman II, 1951, dated 2011.

Stan Douglas

Malabar People: Single Woman II, 2011
Digital fiber print mounted on Dibond aluminum
40 x 30 inches (101.6 x 76.2 cm)
A photograph by Stan Douglas, titled Malabar People: Cab Driver, 1951, dated 2011.

Stan Douglas

Malabar People: Cab Driver, 1951, 2011
Digital fiber print mounted on Dibond aluminum
40 x 30 inches (101.6 x 76.2 cm)
A photograph by Stan Douglas, titled Malabar People: Logger, 1951, dated 2011.

Stan Douglas

Malabar People: Logger, 1951, 2011
Digital fiber print mounted on Dibond aluminum
40 x 30 inches (101.6 x 76.2 cm)
A photograph by Stan Douglas, titled Malabar People: Student, 1951, dated 2011.

Stan Douglas

Malabar People: Student, 1951, 2011
Digital fiber print mounted on Dibond aluminum
40 x 30 inches (101.6 x 76.2 cm)
A photograph by Stan Douglas, titled Malabar People: Construction Worker, 1951, dated 2011.

Stan Douglas

Malabar People: Construction Worker, 1951, 2011
Digital fiber print mounted on Dibond aluminum
40 x 30 inches (101.6 x 76.2 cm)
A photograph by Stan Douglas, titled Exodus, 1975‚Äã, dated 2012.

Stan Douglas

Exodus, 1975, 2012
Digital C-print mounted on aluminum
71 x 101 1/2 inches (180.3 x 257.8 cm)
A photograph by Stan Douglas, titled Malabar People: Owner/Bartender, 1951, dated 2011.

Stan Douglas

Malabar People: Owner/Bartender, 2011
Digital fiber print mounted on Dibond aluminum
40 x 30 inches (101.6 x 76.2 cm)
A photograph by Stan Douglas, titled Malabar People: Bouncer, 1951, dated 2011.

Stan Douglas

Malabar People: Bouncer, 1951, 2011
Digital fiber print mounted on Dibond aluminum
40 x 30 inches (101.6 x 76.2 cm)
A photograph by Stan Douglas, titled Malabar People: Dancer, 1951, dated 2011.

Stan Douglas

Malabar People: Dancer, 1951, 2011
Digital fiber print mounted on Dibond aluminum
40 x 30 inches (101.6 x 76.2 cm)
A photograph by Stan Douglas, titled Malabar People: Female Impersonator, 1951, dated 2011.

Stan Douglas

Malabar People: Female Impersonator, 1951, 2011
Digital fiber print mounted on Dibond aluminum
40 x 30 inches (101.6 x 76.2 cm)
A photograph by Stan Douglas, titled Malabar People: Bandleader, 1951, dated 2011.

Stan Douglas

Malabar People: Bandleader, 1951, 2011
Digital fiber print mounted on Dibond aluminum
40 x 30 inches (101.6 x 76.2 cm)
A photograph by Stan Douglas, titled Malabar People: Musician, 1951, dated 2011.

Stan Douglas

Malabar People: Musician, 1951, 2011
Digital fiber print mounted on Dibond aluminum
40 x 30 inches (101.6 x 76.2 cm)
A photograph by Stan Douglas, titled Malabar People: Waitress I, 1951, dated 2011.

Stan Douglas

Malabar People: Waitress I, 1951, 2011
Digital fiber print mounted on Dibond aluminum
40 x 30 inches (101.6 x 76.2 cm)
A photograph by Stan Douglas, titled Malabar People: Waitress II, 1951, dated 2011.

Stan Douglas

Malabar People: Waitress II, 1951, 2011
Digital fiber print mounted on Dibond aluminum
40 x 30 inches (101.6 x 76.2 cm)
A photograph in a series by Stan Douglas, titled Television Spots, dated 1987.

Stan Douglas

Detail of Television Spots, 1987
12 black and white photographs
20 7/8 x 11 1/2 inches (53 x 29.2 cm)
A photograph in a series by Stan Douglas, titled Television Spots, dated 1987.

Stan Douglas

Detail of Television Spots, 1987
12 black and white photographs
20 7/8 x 11 1/2 inches (53 x 29.2 cm)
An photograph by Stan Douglas, titled Olde Curio Shop, dated 2010.

Stan Douglas

Olde Curio Shop, 2010
Digital C-print mounted on Dibond aluminum
59 1/2 x 84 inches (151.1 x 213.4 cm)
A photograph by Stan Douglas, titled Artists' Cabin, dated 2009.

Stan Douglas

Artists' Cabin, 2009
Digital C-print mounted on Dibond aluminum
60 x 89 1/2 inches (152.4 x 227.3 cm)

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