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Trump Plaza Representation, Part 1:

Here’s a photo I made in 1987

TRUMP GOING UP

Trump Plaza, 1987

I’m basing a pretty expansive project around it.  For the next couple of months I’ll be looking at this photo and responding to it any which way, including loose.  I’m all about full throttle photographic discourse.

The Trump Plaza Representation project starts with the photo, and this web page is the hub for the what’s the what with the project.  The page will be updated frequently.

Photographic prints will be available for purchase here. Don’t miss out.  For real.

I have no idea what will come out of this project.  Hopefully some solid questions.

This website will be updated until January 15, 2016, and the project will conclude on July 21, 2016.

Check this out:
On the Invention of Photographic Meaning Allan Sekula 1974

 

 


 

 

About Trump Plaza Representation, Part 2:

  1. (FINAL DRAFT) Trump Plaza Representation is an expansive, multimodal project that explores the number of ways a single photograph can be interpreted and understood. To that end, Trump Plaza Representation’s sole proprietor, Zoe Strauss, will construct a number of multiform responses to a singular image, a photograph she made 28 years ago-

TRUMP GOING UP
“Trump Plaza, 1987”
photograph by Zoe Strauss

-and share those responses through digital platforms, electronic communication, printed matter, photographic prints made from digital files, photographs printed onto light-sensitive photographic paper, hand written messages, hand drawn diagrams and face to face discussion.

TPR also hopes to solicit responses to “Trump Plaza, 1987” from the widest possible audience, and encourages wide-ranging discourse stemming from the
photograph itself and further exploration of the topics and themes that pop up in the initial responses to “Trump Plaza, 1987.”

Trump Plaza Representation, TPR, defines “response” as “a reaction to something. (oxford 1.2)” So one way of summarizing the TPR project is-

“Here’s the photo, here’s a number of ways I responded to the image.”

There’s no directive as to how read, view or analyze “Trump Plaza, 1987” and responses to the image can be as wide-ranging as possible.


The “Trump Plaza, 1987” will be presented on this site as a digital image, and will be available as a jpg file for download. The image may be shared on digital platforms and social media. It can be accessed and saved to computers, tablets, smart phones. The photo may be printed.


Addendum:
(Inevitably, there’s an insufferable moment when I’m writing about a project and I find I’m talking about myself in the third person. So you know, “Trump Plaza Representation” is interchangeable with “Zoe Strauss.”

“Trump Plaza Representation, defines ‘response’ as ‘a reaction to something.'”

also means

“Zoe Strauss, as the sole proprietor of Trump Plaza Representation, defines ‘response’ as ‘a reaction to something.'”

The Rickey Henderson effect is a problem for me, but the this particular piece is “Zoe Strauss D/B/A Trump Plaza Representation.”)


About Trump Plaza Representation, Part 3:

Trump Plaza Representation uses a form of call-and-response.

Call and response can be defined as
“spontaneous verbal and non-verbal interaction between speaker and listener in which all of the statements (‘calls’) are punctuated by expressions (‘responses’) from the listener”
-Dr. Geneva Smitherman
from Smitherman, G. (1977). “Talkin and testifyin: The language of Black America.” Detroit: Wayne State University Press. (p. 104)


Call-
Trump Fuji size 35mm 1987 print web Trump Plaza, 1987

Response-
IMG_0638
cell phone photo, 2015

Response-
google street view 2015-08-06 at 2.18.18 PM cropped
Google street view, 2200 bk Atlantic Ave.
The image used for mapping, made in 2013, isn’t an accurate representation of the same building in 2015.


Call-
Trump Fuji size 35mm 1987 print webRe
Trump Plaza, 1987

Response-
How is the value of this photograph defined?


Call-
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Response-
Trump AC Casino Marks, LLC v. Trump Entertainment Resorts,Inc, Trump Entertainment Resorts Holdings, L.P. Trump Taj Mahal Associates, LLC Trump Marina Associates, LLC and Icahn Agency Services, LLC (number C-000050-14)
Complaint filed August 6, 2014
Trump AC Casino Marks, LLC v. Trump Entertainment Resorts,Inc Trump Entertainment Resorts Holdings, L.P. Trump Taj Mahal Associates, LLC Trump Marina Associates, LLC and Icahn Agency Services, LLC (number C-000050-14) complaint filed august 6 2014

Re. removal of physical signage.

Response-
The word trump is a polysemic powerhouse.

Response-
real estate, site specificity, photographic images related to place, idea of the real in photographs, photographs from estate sales, website real estate, screen real estate, domain name real estate.

Response-
the history of commercial signage as a visual trope employed in photography

Response-
Writing about Donald Trumps’s suit to remove all vestiges of Trump Plaza physical signage versus the disinterest or oversight of how the trumpplaza.com website reaches more people with a digital equivalent of the physical signage as metaphor related to Trumps presidential run. (Forthcoming)

Response-
email Trump AC Casino Marks and Trump Entertainment Resorts to ask about virtual real estate.


Call-
Trump Fuji size 35mm 1987 print webRe
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Response-
angelo bruno


Response-

[Workers Loading Neon “Damaged” Sign into Truck, West Eleventh Street, New York City]
Artist: Walker Evans (American, St. Louis, Missouri 1903–1975 New Haven, Connecticut)
Date: 1928–30
Medium: Film negative
Dimensions: 2 1/2 x 4 1/4 in.
Classification: Negatives
Credit Line: Walker Evans Archive, 1994
Accession Number: 1994.251.283
Rights and Reproduction: © Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
http://davidcampany.com/walker-evans-1903-1975/

Poem: Damaged (to Walker Evans)

-look up and email this Derek Simons:|https://independent.academia.edu/DerekSimons
and this Derek Simon: http://drsimonsaysscience.org
and this Derek Simon: https://twitter.com/ValueWagering/with_replies


Call-
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Response (JG)-
From Jill Gewirtz

Thank you, Jill!

Response (ZS)-
I’m going to look up his photography… I love what he said about it.
http://thinkprogress.org/election/2015/08/19/3692940/undocumented-worker-trump-hotel/

and

Also, this is just an opened ended question for whoever reads it, what photographic projects addressing issues related to undocumented US residents are happening?

http://unitedwedream.org/about/our-missions-goals/

http://www.dreamproject-va.org/about-us/

http://undocumentedmigrationproject.com

Call-
Trump Fuji size 35mm 1987 print webRe
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Response-
Making silver gelatin prints from original negative and selling them.

Response-
-film negatives should be regarded as a primary source, and any and all of the “positive” images resulting from the process of inverting the original image should be considered secondary sources?


Call-
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Trump Plaza, 1987

http://articles.philly.com/1998-05-18/news/25740685_1_steel-pier-frank-sinatra-sinatra-first

http://www.anyswinggoes.com/features/108196912641751.shtml

1996- “Trump Plaza Boardwalk at Mississippi Avenue. (800) 759-8786.PLAZA THEATER Frank Sinatra Jr. Monday through Thursday at 7:30 P.M.; Friday at 9 P.M.; Saturday at 6 P.M. Tickets: $20-$25. “Mezmerized,” with Allen Valentine, presents a journey from a gangster’s lair to a haunted house to a desert island. Monday at 4 P.M.; Tuesday at 7:30 P.M.; Wednesday and Thursday at 4 and 7:30 P.M.; Friday at 1 P.M.; Saturday at 8 P.M. Tickets: $10 to $15.”

Hire Frank Sinatra Impersonators in Atlantic City, NJ

Sherrie Levine

… go back to Walker Evans, Workers Loading Neon “Damaged” Sign into Truck


Call-
Trump Fuji size 35mm 1987 print webRe
Trump Plaza, 1987

Resonse-
“Empty Bed Blues”
Bessie Smith

TRP is a site for commerce.