Deep Blue features an iconic series of colour ‘portraits’ of a newly emerging social class – the machine. Photographing high technology sites such as space travel research centres and nuclear reactor sites throughout the world in the late 1990’s, the British photo-artist, Peter Fraser has adapted the traditions of portraiture to present the indomitable face of high technology. Deep Blue takes its name from the computer that beat world chess champion, Gary Kasparov. His defeat conveyed a message to all of us, the world’s greatest living chess player had been beaten by a machine, reinforcing the commonly held suspicion that robot constructions are to be the new global masters? These machines pretend to new ideals which Peter Fraser’s photographs both describe and dissect. Rather than a celebration of cutting edge technology, Deep Blue examines the broader relationship of culture to technology in a society that associates science with the most profound human issues: mortality, mutability and moral purpose.
In association with Tullie House Museum, Carlisle, Cambridge Darkroom Gallery & Viewpoint Gallery, Salford.