Fine Art Photography

Making “The Canary & The Hammer,” a Unique Study of Gold

May 22, 2017

By Conor Risch

© Lisa Barnard

In “The Canary & The Hammer,” Lisa Barnard photographs the ways gold intersects with the global economy. She is presenting the project online, to reach an audience outside the worlds of fine-art and documentary photography. Click to see more from her series.

Documentary photographer Lisa Barnard’s new project, “The Canary & The Hammer,” explores the way that gold—as a metal, chemical element, and symbol of wealth and power—permeates human life. The ongoing project includes investigations into the use of gold nanoparticles in electronics, medical therapy, microscopy and other applications; gold as a driver of exploration and empire expansion; and gold as a...

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