Andy Mattern, assistant professor of photography and digital media at Oklahoma State University, is showcasing his latest show, Average Subject, Medium Distance, at the Elizabeth Houston Gallery in New York.

The show repositions the practice of photography as both a medium and the object in question. It captures vintage “guides” or “computers,” photo tools used in the 1940s and 50s to adjust exposure, depth of field and lighting prior to the dissemination of the automatic consumer camera.

The exhibit positions the promise of technology in direct contrast to its reality, calling the Modernist ethos into question. Mattern prompts reflection into the automation of our technological processes.

Mattern’s solo show will be on display until March 24.