In the age of selfies and instant technological gratification, there isn’t a whole lot of room for the classical principles of composition (unless you accidentally line up the perfect shot). The Hammer is remedying this by shifting gears and setting a contemplative pace with the exhibition Perfect Likeness: Photography and Composition, running at the museum now through September 12.
The exhibition will feature 53 works by 24 different artists, all of whom explore the way composition can change the way an image is viewed. From Thomas Ruff’s iconic 1980s portraits of friends and colleagues, which draw from the portraiture genre and something as ordinary as photo IDs, to Catherine Opie’s Rembrandtian portraits of the artist Lawrence Weiner and Sharon Lockhart’s action poses of a women’s basketball team, Perfect Likeness explores motifs of modern living through a lens as old as the theory of the golden ratio itself.
Check out a handful of images from Perfect Likeness below.