One corrupt file = A colorful, brilliant exhibition
March 14, 2016
Bronwen Latimer, The Washington Post
"These are photographs, Caldwell insists, because they have all the elements of a modern photograph: light, time, a capturing tool, and a subject."
Digital Photography + Phantom Practices: Colby Caldwell Photo+Craft
March 1, 2016
Ali McGhee, Asheville Grit
"Colby Caldwell has been thinking about the place of the digital in photography for a long time. His most recent show, How to Survive Your Own Death, is currently up at Washington, D.C.'s Hemphill Gallery, and much of it revolves around one corrupt PICT file that Caldwell has been exploring for years."
In the galleries: A photographer’s accident yielded artistic results
February 19, 2016
Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post
"Separating the large and small galleries at Hemphill Fine Arts is a room so tiny that it might be better called a niche. Sometimes it’s empty, but at the moment it holds a small 1999 print titled 'How to Survive Your Own Death (Whole).' Colby Caldwell made this array of random pixels, but not on purpose. It was an accident — one he has been exploiting for almost two decades."
"Colby Caldwell: how to survive your own death" at Hemphill Fine Arts, Reviewed
Kriston Capps, Washington City Paper
"The exhibit is split between Caldwell’s surveys—prints from his dives into the abstract depths of corrupted digital interference—alongside more traditional still-life photos. Together, these series tease out what it means to construct photos. One series is no more natural than the other."