• Bknset_02

    Broken Sets, 2009

  • Bknset_03

    Broken Sets, 2009

  • Desktraj_index-a

    Desk Trajectories (As Is), 2010

  • Fictionandpoetry

    Image Collection #1: Instances of Books Being Read (from home-decor and home-improvement webistes and catalogs),

  • Index-65

    Sunset Portraits, 2011

  • Onehourphoto

    229 Mini Photo Labs For Sale on the Internet, 2011

  • Suns_brisbane

    Suns (From Sunsets) from Flickr, 2006-ongoing

  • Suns_brisbane2

    Suns (From Sunsets) from Flickr, 2006-ongoing

  • Universalremotes-ebay

    Image Collection #6: Universal Remotes (eBay), 2008-ongoing

Penelope Umbrico

Posted by Bryony Quinn,

Recipient of the photography Guggenheim Fellowship in 2011, Penelope Umbrico takes ubiquitous photographic instances and lays them up against each other, like sunsets on Flickr or broken TV sets on eBay (pictured) or the sculptural desk trajectories. She pulls these images from the internet, catalogues, auction sites and image aggregators that make up our visual commons. For some of these, the original setting of the single image was intended to make us want them but – like anything that is repeated enough till it’s utter nonsense – proliferation of these images makes their materialness immaterial, their uniqueness lost in the collective whole.


Posted by Bryony Quinn

Bryony was It’s Nice That’s first ever intern and worked her way up to assistant online editor before moving on to pursue other interests in the summer of 2012.