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A Reconstruction of Codes An examination of the fragile and often ambiguous relationship between photography and text, and the ways in which they are employed to create either factual or metaphorical descriptions of the world around us. For ‘A Reconstruction of Codes’ Andre Pinkowski’s source images were initially produced for the mass media market. All images were acquired in one day in 2008 from a leading celebrity picture agency selected from their ‘most recent images’ section featuring celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey and Paris Hilton. The photographs have been digitally analysed using a specially commissioned algorithm. This software, written by Dr. Sophie Triantaphillidou at the University of Westminster, reorganises each image based on the existing colour values. Each reconstruction results in a new image eradicating any previously intended meaning. Andre Pinkowski’s uncompromisingly abstracted images keep their original captions which in turn become the obvious carrier of meaning. Only by reading the captions is the viewer able to attempt to visualise the original images.

Andre Pinkowski University of Westminster Senior Lecturer Dr. Sophie Triantaphillidou University of Westminster Principal Lecturer Imaging Science Director Imaging Technology Research Group School of Media Arts and Design Please contact Andre Pinkowski for further information. pinkowa@westminster.ac.uk Copyright Notice — © Andre Pinkowski, 2009


Title: Oprah Winfrey shopping in Knightsbridge, London, UK America’s most popular talk-show host Oprah Winfrey arrives in the UK looking a bit jet-lagged and puffy eyed and spends the day shopping in Knightsbridge, London. UK

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Title: Paris Hilton and Benji Madden go shopping in Melrose, Los Angeles. USA Shopping for a new Apple Mac Book Pro in a computer store in Melrose, Los Angeles. USA

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Title: Stephanie McMichael from Big Brother on a nightout at Crystal Club, London

Š Andre Pinkowski, 2009


Title: Camerson Diaz & mystery man leave Nobu in Malibu, CA Cameron Diaz enjoys a meal out with an unknown married man at Nobu restaurant in Malibu, California. The 35-year-old actress also mysteriously had a ring displayed on her left hand. Malibu, California. USA

Š Andre Pinkowski, 2009


Title: Gwen Stefani with husband Gavin Rossdale and children enjoy a stroll in north london before heading to the park in London, UK

Š Andre Pinkowski, 2009


Title: Elizabeth Hurley and husband Arun Nayar seen leaving their house to go to Elton John’s White Tie & Tiara Ball, London, UK.

Š Andre Pinkowski, 2009


Title: Mel B and husband Steve Belafonte leaving a medical building in Los Angeles, USA. Mel B and husband Steve Belafonte visit a medical building on Bedford after a meal at MR Chow’s.

Š Andre Pinkowski, 2009


Title: Singer Liz McClarnon opening the New Look Shop in Liverpool, UK.

Š Andre Pinkowski, 2009


Title: Pete Wentz visited a friend in West Hollywood after a brief encounter in Los Angeles, USA. Pete Wentz visited a friend in West Hollywood after a brief shopping round at Maxfields. Perhaps a visit to the belt rack wouldn’t hurt!?

Š Andre Pinkowski, 2009


Title: Christina Aguilera is seen at The Ivy in Los Angeles, California, USA. Christina Aguilera is seen at The Ivy in Los Angeles. She works her way through a crowd of fans and photographers before getting in a waiting car.

Š Andre Pinkowski, 2009


Title: Fearne Cotton leaving Radio 1 today after her show, London, UK

Š Andre Pinkowski, 2009


Title: Wayne and Colleen Rooney looking all loved up in the pool on holiday, Las Vegas, USA.

Wayne has had problems dragging himself away from soccer over the past couple of days ... he watched both the European semis on a huge flat panel TV in his cabana while his spouse languished away at the pool on the phone. Even ex England skipper Teddy Sheringham is only a short dribble away at the same pool. The honeymooners spent some quality time at the pool together today. Wayne tenderly applied Evian spray to the sweltering Colleen.

Š Andre Pinkowski, 2009


Exhibition Images Whitecross Gallery London - 04/2009


Series consists of 11 images Continuous tone photographic prints, Fuji Crystal Archive Gloss 20 x 16 inch Mounted on 2mm aluminium with sub-frame

A Reconstruction of Codes  

by Andre Pinkowski

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