Life On Mars

Exploring Roger Newton's Universe

Newton in his studio with a homemade camera and lens; on the wall: his Untitled (1996)
Robin Holland
Newton in his studio with a homemade camera and lens; on the wall: his Untitled (1996)

And that mystery is what makes Newton's pictures so rich. Like 19th-century spirit photographs, they suggest another world beyond the one we know, another layer of being— or nothingness. Told that it was deeply disconcerting to recognize some concrete thing in these swirling mists, he says he feels the same. "But it could be on Mars," I say. His reply is unhesitating: "I wouldn't be surprised to find out that it was."

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