Community of different occurrences of the same images resulting from a search
of the Pan Am posters on the internet between 27 and 29 November 2019
Poster design: Chermayeff and Geismar, © 1971
Photos: Bruno Barbey, Brian Blake, Elliott Erwitt and Burt Glinn / Magnum Photos
184 × 124.6 cm × 7 cm each
The Travel Posters are a series of large-format posters exploring the acclaimed aviation company Pan Am’s advertising campaign designed by Chermayeff and Geismar in 1971, which used images made by Magnum photographers. These posters, featuring evocative, unspectacular and unexpected images of far-flung places, are emblematic of the progressive design of the 1970s and a symbol of late modernism.
This series explores the journeys of these jet age posters through the digital age: revealing how their travels on the internet have affected them. By looking at occurrences of their appearance on the internet and comparing their resolution
and colour variations — in other words the loss or addition of substance — this work examines the new existence of these travel posters as digital files and investigates the shift of contemporary images between a perspectival model and a computerised one.
Editing screen: Eizo ColorEdge CS2420
ICC Profile: Lightjet_KodakMatt_23–6-10
Paper: Fuji Matt Paper
Print: C-Type Print/Durst Lambda 130
Printing: Metro Imaging, London
Frames: Callender Designs and Darbyshire, London