11. Walead Beshty
Beshty's 2009 series Passages is a complicated case for photography. Upon returning from traveling abroad in 2006, Beshty developed unexposed rolls of film and discovered only random lines of color —an unintentional exposure caused by the airport security's X-ray machines. The irradiated film bore the (seemingly invisible) effects of international travel in a post-9/11 world. Beshty's method of film exposure became not only a destabilization of the traditional process and content of photography, but extended the definition of film-based photography as a documentary medium.
Above: Transparency (Negative) [Kodak NC Color Film: May 8 – May 18, 2008 ORD/LHR LHR/IAD IAD/JFK LGA/DCA DCA/ORD], 2009