Max Hart Barnwell
Take A Picture
Max Hart Barnwell is a Canadian photographer with a passion for 35mm film. Greatly inspired by the traditions of documentary and street photography, his work is rooted in traveling and being in touch with different cultures, places and things. By revealing overlooked details, singular characters and juxtapositions found in everyday life, his eye aims to underline our unique differences and shed light on our shared universality. Today, he embraces his commitment to 35mm photography as a tool to observe, share and better understand the unique particularities of our time.
Max came to ´ace to expand his Take A Picture project, which places disposable cameras throughout different cities in the world for the general public and pedestrians to use them in order to, as its name implies, take a picture. He then develops the films and build installations with the resulting pictures. In his own words: “Take A Picture is an international photographic art project that is fuelled by public interaction and engagement. Throughout my travels since 2018, I have been installing disposable 35mm cameras in public spaces inviting anyone who stumbles across the installation to Take A Picture. I then collect, develop and share the contributed results on socials, my website and ultimately as an exhibition. Touching upon a variety of themes such as local culture and community, the trend of ‘the selfie’ and analog photography as a tool for communication, the results are candid and speak about the willingness to collaborate in a visual dialogue. The project’s goal is to gather photographs from various neighbourhoods, cities and countries underlining their unique perspectives while also revealing our shared humanity as seen through the eyes of ordinary individuals of all walks of life.”
Max Hart Barnwell
1991 | Montreal, Canada
Lives and works in Montreal, Canada
2016 | BFA Photography. Concordia University, Canada
EXHIBITIONS & RESIDENCIES
2023 | Take A Picture. Proyecto´ace, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2023 | Segunda Naturaleza. El Local, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2023 | La Paternal Espacio Proyecto residency. Buenos Aires, Argentina
2022 | OBSERVATION. Galerie Forza, Montreal, Canada
2018 | The Artist Project Contemporary Art Fair. Better Living Center, Toronto, Canada
2017 | Vista. Studio Alexandra, Feat Management, Montreal, Canada
TAP | Take A Picture |
TAP | Take A Picture is the 11th edition of Max Barnwell’s international photographic art project. This time it took place in Buenos Aires as part of the artist’s residency at ‘ace and the second ´aceNite edition of the year. The project relies on public interaction and commitment. The artist installs disposable 35mm cameras on the streets for curious passersby to use and take a photo. Touching on a variety of topics such as local culture and community, the trend of the selfie, and analog photography as a communication tool, the results are authentic and speak to the willingness to collaborate in a visual dialogue. The goal of this project is to collect photographs from various neighborhoods, cities, and countries that highlight their unique perspectives and at the same time reveal our shared humanity. So far, TAP has taken place in more than 10 international destinations, collecting thousands of photographs.
In this case in Buenos Aires, the artist used the strategy of installing cameras in different landmarks, busy intersections, and places that became a reference for a visiting artist. His interest lies in discovering who will be drawn to a camera hanging in the streets. Who might interact with it and how? The results reveal various expressions of joy, peace, and love. These themes play a central role in the essence of the project and have become a distinctive visual feature. With this project, Max Hart Barnwell aims to promote positive change through participatory and inclusive art, where there are no rules or limitations, only one condition: taking a photo.
Wednesday, March 29th at 7:00 PM at Sala Políglota