Fotograf Magazine

Introduction

The Photography of the Body as Reference Existence

The imaging of the body and corporeality cannot be normalized. The body itself is the carrier of visual communication, information and mediation, an impulse for comparison and confrontation, and a means of shocking provocation in the reflection of life styles, fates and transformations. The body infiltrates the very essence of human beings and their environment. The body visualisation requires the synergy of intentions, assumptions and relations put into social contexts, the perception of the problem from a distance, and the elimination of prejudices. To discover new values, to fully understand the cognitive potential of the awareness of the power of images and to be able to acknowledge this power, we have to liberate ourselves from perceptual preconception and understand these aspects. This also applies to our approach to the body and corporeality in photography that this issue is about.

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