The Archive Is a Set of Relations, Not a Record of History

Pockmarked moons and missiles at launch, astronauts in profile, and dark-suited men eying fighter jets in take-off. Scrawled archival notes map the surface of each image, as well as typewritten captions, dates, stickers, and stamps signifying transmission of the AP wire service. The contextual content, which was taken from the backside of archival prints, overlays the pictures. A surfacing of relations, a glimpse behind the curtain at the process by which photographs are made distinct from the world that they represent. The incessant churning of an archive—subsumed today by the internet—at work.