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Tam, Ho
Lessons No. 7 Lessons No. 7
2002 2002

“Lessons No. 7” depicts schoolchildren reading and writing at desks in a classroom. This photograph is from Tam’s “Lessons” series, a collection of photographs that he made after revisiting his childhood school in Hong Kong. Using a low resolution camera, Tam filmed his old school during his return. Then, he photographed parts of the film as it played on television. This process of making an image of an image not only affirms documentation as a mediated act, but also gives “Lessons No. 7” a grainy and obscure quality, that evokes the tangling (blurring) effects of memory to produce poignant images of the ongoing socialization of children.

Tam, Ho
Hong Kong, China 1962 Hong Kong, China 1962
Lessons No. 7 Lessons No. 7
2002 2002
chromogenic print chromogenic print
frame: 54.2 cm x 64.4 cm
Gift of Herbert O. Bunt, 2006 Gift of Herbert O. Bunt, 2006
49-015.13

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