Is this piece an alternative history of the human race? How did you choose the images, and what story do they collectively tell about us?
The Last Pictures is not a portrait of humanity or a history of mankind. It is more like a silent film for the depths of time. It tells an impressionistic story about a moment of uncertainty and danger.
Are there any Earthly time capsules or archives that you see as precedents to this project?
I think about this project as making cave paintings for the future. If anyone were to find The Last Pictures in the [far] future, it would be as enigmatic to any viewer as cave paintings are to contemporary humans. I spent an enormous amount of time looking at cave paintings, trying to put my mind in the frame of a Cro-Magnon artist making drawings that might be discovered in the far future.
From Claire L. Evans’ interview with artist Trevor Paglen, about his satellite time-capsule, The Last Pictures.