The American photographer Ron Jude has tackled a number of photographic techniques in portraying his personal vision, from straight forward documentary to still life, post-Photoshop and appropriation. What results is a body of work that pushes our understanding of a visual narrative, creating space both within the images and between the images so we, as observers, are obliged to not only look but think about the story put forth. Alpine Star is a project which does exactly that, it moves us to think about our own memories of news stories, collected almost by accident, and plays with the gleaned imagery we thought we forgot.
“Based on a sequence of pictures culled from the back-issues of a small town newspaper, Alpine Star by Ron Jude engages with the fictions of our collective memory. We find at work something far stranger than the standard assault on a photographic “code” that has undermined most discussion of the subject. This is not just another deconstruction of photography as if it were a kind of conceptual problem to be solved and explicated, but rather an irrational poetics of the archive. Jude has fashioned an uncanny anti-narrative, its precise structure defined by a tension native to photography itself. The result is more than just the sum of its parts – he achieves, in this minimal way, a very satisfying and provocative ambiguity.”
—Darren Campion, The Incoherent Light