Sherwin Tibayan

Sherwin Tibayan is currently a Master of Fine Arts candidate at the University of Oklahoma. Check out his previous work on Make Space here.

“This project is a translation of all the photographs in Robert Frank’s seminal book from 1959, “The Americans.” I cut out and digitally scanned the 83 iconic photographs from the book and derived their individual histogram data. I then generated graphs that corresponded to the unique distributions of tonal ranges in each image, from shadows on the left to midtones and highlights on the right. I’m interested in the histogram as both a commonplace addition to our understanding of what a photograph might be—its changing ontology—and in its visual affinity to other contemporary diagnostic and visualization tools like the charts and graphs of stock prices and political opinion polls.”