Fairs & Collecting

Vera Lutter
Fragments of Time Past

January 7–20, 2021

Nothing is solid in memory. Our minds only hold on to traces, outlines—and that is what my photographs portray.
—Vera Lutter

Gagosian is pleased to present Fragments of Time Past, a selection of photographs by Vera Lutter online for

Since the 1990s, Lutter has used a camera obscura to produce large black-and-white photographs of buildings, landscapes, and urban and industrial sites. Reveling in the directness of this technique, she produces unique prints that imbue physical environments and buildings with an ethereal stillness. Reinterpreting familiar panoramas, Lutter erases fleeting human presence and collapses the movement of wind and water in long-exposure images that prompt reflection on the passage of time.

In Fragments of Time Past, Lutter depicts four different ancient and historical sites: the pyramids at Giza, the ancient Greek temples at Paestum, the eleventh-century Maria Laach Benedictine abbey in Germany, and the distinctive waterways and buildings of Venice during the city’s yearly acqua alta flood season. Presented in a monochromatic photonegative palette, these iconic landmarks and relics take on a new and uncanny visual life: lively canals are smoothed to glossy stillness and solid ground drops away, leaving behind skeletal architectural structures silhouetted against black skies.

Vera Lutter in her studio, New York, 2020. Artwork © Vera Lutter. Photo: Lukas Vogt

Vera Lutter in her studio, New York, 2020. Artwork © Vera Lutter. Photo: Lukas Vogt

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Installation view, Vera Lutter: Museum in the Camera, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, March 29–August 9, 2020. Artwork © Vera Lutter. Photo: © Museum Associates/LACMA


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Join Los Angeles County Museum of Art director Michael Govan and the museum’s associate curator of contemporary art Jennifer King for an insightful conversation and tour of the exhibition Vera Lutter: Museum in the Camera. Between February 2017 and January 2019, Lutter documented LACMA using a camera obscura, creating photographs that examine the museum’s exterior architecture, gallery interiors, and permanent collection. Museum in the Camera features the compelling photographs made during this two-year residency. To watch the live event, RSVP at

Installation view, Vera Lutter: Museum in the Camera, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, March 29–August 9, 2020. Artwork © Vera Lutter. Photo: © Museum Associates/LACMA

Still from “Vera Lutter: Museum in the Artist’s Camera Obscura”


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