Pentimento

Robert Weingarten describes Pentimento, his recent body of work, as “a re-affirmation of the power of photographic memory.” Beginning with historic photographs that document major events of the last hundred years, Weingarten re-visits the original locations of these pictures and then makes photographs of the site as it exists today. He notes that, in these places, life goes on and there are often no reminders of the profound or tragic events that occurred there in the not so distant past. An Italian painting term, Pentimento is defined as “the presence or emergence of earlier images, forms or strokes that have been changed and painted over.” Weingarten’s work is a seamless layering of his photographs with the vintage images, a digital process he calls a “translucent composite.” In one of these montages, Weingarten blends color views of stately London streets with gritty black and white photos of ambulances, firemen, burning buildings and the rubble of the Blitz of WWII. In another, a ramshackle shantytown, known as a “Hooverville” in the Great Depression, sits in the middle of Central Park in New York, overlaid with contemporary picknickers, strollers, balloons and couples lounging in the sun. In his image of Havana, Weingarten reverses his usual practice of combining vintage black and white with contemporary color. In this case, a recent black and white street scene is decorated with the brilliantly colored neon signs that enlivened the street in the pre-Castro era.

Craig Krull

 

Warsaw, (1943), 2011
Warsaw, (1943), 2011

 

 

Guernica, (1937), 2012
Guernica, (1937), 2012

 

Manzanar, (1942-1944), 2011
Manzanar, (1942-1944), 2011

 

Havana, (1955), 2013Havana, (1955), 2013

Trang Bang, (June 8, 1972), 2014
Trang Bang, (June 8, 1972), 2014

 

 

London, (1940 to 1941), 2012

Da Nang, (1965), 2014
Da Nang, (1965), 2014 

Paris, (1940), 2012
Paris, (1940), 2012

Little Rock Central High, (1957), 2012Little Rock Central High, (1957), 2012

Selma to Montgomery, (1965), 2013Selma to Montgomery, (1965), 2013

September 11, (2001), 2013 September 11, (2001), 2013 

Antietam, (1862), 2013Antietam, (1862), 2013

Robert Kennedy, (1968), 2011Robert Kennedy, (1968), 2011

>Berlin, (1960’s – 1970’s), 2011Berlin, (1960’s – 1970’s), 2011

Hooverville, (Central Park, NY 1931), 2014Hooverville, (Central Park, NY 1931), 2014

Monk Self-Immolation (6/11/1963), 2014Monk Self-Immolation (6/11/1963), 2014

Seattle Hooverville, (1937), 2014Seattle Hooverville, (1937), 2014