Amid the destruction of Mariupol, beginning in March 2022, desperate messages searching for loved ones found their way onto the screen of my phone via social media. Rescuing these transmissions from the endless feed, these images have been frozen within the grains of silver gelatine paper to preserve and ensure they are not forgotten.

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Photo: Paul Heartfield, 2018

Born in 1969, William Mokrynski, is a visual artist who has been working with photography since he was a child. Through silver-based explorations and play on narrative, he considers photography’s intrinsic ability to connect us with the time and space presented in an image. In recent work, the anonymous vernacular camera negative is used to investigate interpretations of photographic reality. 

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