James Ball (aka: Docubyte): Origins of Computing

As numerous corporations such as Olivetti, IBM and Apple have repeatedly proven, technology can be beautiful, even sexy. So are the photographs in Origins of Computing (2016), a current project by London-based James Ball, a photographer and art director (also known as Docubyte) who is enthralled with the history and look of early computers. Ball seeks out vintage pieces in the collections of places like the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, London’s Science Museum, and the Technical Collections of Dresden in Germany. He photographs carefully and then gives each of them the full glamour treatment, which involves extensive retouching and presenting the computers against brightly colored backgrounds. The photographs that result are as seductive as they are evidential, a reminder of how photography helps to create excitement as powerfully as it does discovery.