Photographic Centre Peri, Turku, Finland
June 4 – July 31, 2016
Before Internet and email there were homing pigeons. These pigeons carried messages only one way, to their home. By placing their food at one location and their home at another location, pigeons learned to fly back and forth up to twice a day reliably becoming an important means of communication.
The importance of homing pigeons in the centuries before electronic communications, such as the telegraph and telephone, is seldom recognized. Pigeons carried photographic negatives, documents of breaking news and even medication between hospitals countries apart.
As our means of communication developed into the present hyper-network, today’s homing pigeons have retired from messengers and now trained as racing pigeons. It is thought that racing pigeons rely on the Earth’s magnetic field to find their way home. Some evidence has surfaced indicating that mobile phone towers may be interrupting the birds navigation although no published research has investigated this theory.
The theme of this photography exhibit is an observation of the value of messaging; the sending, the expectations and the challenge of not expecting any return.
— Kio Griffith, curator
Hiromichi Akahane | Naoko Akiyama | Shiva Aliabadi | Douglas Alvarez | Ismael de Anda III | Samule André | Michael Arata | Carmen Argote | Yajuro Bando | Terri Berman | Jodi Bonassi | Virginia Broersma | Nick Brown | Peter Bugg | Gul Cagin | Marisa Caichiolo | Ako Castuera | Sean Chao | Sijia Chen | Sally Coates | Jana Cooksey | Emily Counts |Sydney Croskery | Shana Nys Dambrot | Steve DeGroodt | Ludmil Dimitrov | Dani Dodge | Veronica Duarte | Tom Dunn | Mark Dutcher | Shigenori Ebata | Aya Niibo Edamoto | Doug Eisenstark | Gabriel Escalante | Bill Farroux | Frohawk Two Feathers | Roni Feldman | Jon Flack | Shingo Francis | David French | Sarajo Frieden | Tatsuya Fukunaga | Rema Ghuloum | Aaron Giesel | Allen D Glass II | Mat Gleason | Dean Gojobori | Audra Graziano | Jenny Hagar | Josh Hagler | Michelle Carla Handel | Doug Harvey | Shisei Hashimura | Jun Hiraoka | Tamaki Hosobuchi |Lusine Hovsepian | Bryan Ida | Mari Inukai | Aska Irie | Ichiro Irie | Yoko Irino | Yayoi Itami | Masaaki Iwama | Tomoyuki Iwanami | James Jack | William Kaminski | Farrah Karapetian | Kazumi Kashimura | Virginia Katz | Ayumi Kikuchi | Phil Kim | Kohl King | Celia Ko | Juri Koll | Norichika Koyama | Minako Kumagai | Gil Kuno | Masumi Kuramochi | Michelle Lai | Melissa Ann Lambert | Jeremiah La Torre | Aleve Mei Loh | Clarita Lulic |Leora Lutz | Marcos Lutyens | Sandra Mann | Yumiko Matsui | Douglas McNamee | Jon Measures | Ted Meyer | Adam D Miller | Hiroko Mitsui | Nobuki Mizumoto | Jun Miyazaki | Sae Moriyama | Shinnosuke Murakami | Masami Murao | Misato Nagare | Toshihiro Nagata | Alan Nakagawa | Eric Nakamura | Clary Newell | Tony Ng | Yumiko Nishizawa | Sayuri Noda | Emily Noguchi | Devon Oder | Kayoko Ohashi | Ruri Oinuma | Yasuko Okuno | Shinichi Ono | Yuji Orsuka | Syuzo Otsuka | Kazuyuki Ozonoe | Sara Pae | Ave Pildas | Linda Pollack | Kosta Potamianos | Max Presneill | Eron Rauch | Max Razdow | Gay Summer Sadow Rick | Christy Roberts | Karrie Ross | Catherine Ruane | Sarah Russin | Maja Ruznik | Satoshi Saegusa | Toru Saegusa | Chigusa Saga | Samvel Saghatelian | Natsumi Sakatsuki | Chiaki Saito | Ray Sato | Rob Sato | Tomoaki Sato | Sonja Schenk | Julia Schwartz | Annie Seaton | Lidia Shaddow | Nicolas Shake | Tomoaki Shibata | Mika Soma | RIccardo Spinotti | Mike Street | Satomi Suzuki | Sachi Takasugi | Kenji Tajiri | Mayumi Tanaka | Kyoco Taniyama | David Tanner | Ken Tatewaki | Ilan Terrell | Makoto Tomioka | Tamako Tomioka | Devon Tsuno | Eriko Uchiyama | Mike Vegas | Fred Verhoeven | Grant Vetter | Tetsuya Wakaume | Tessie Salcido Whitmore | Lena Kazakova Wolek | Steven Wolkoff | Minoru Yamaguchi | Shin Yamasaki | Fujio Yamazaki | Mari Yanase | Will T. Yang | Yuji Yamashina | Michiko Yao | Akihiro Yasugi | Greg Yermakov | Kouichiro Yoshio | Xiaowen Zhu | Essi Zimm and more…