Fotograf Magazine

#5 Borders of Documentary

In the third year of the existence of Fotograf Magazine we decided to tackle the delicate subject of the “documentary” as our contribution to the as yet non-existent debate regarding the “direction of contemporary documentary photography”. However, while the classical figures of documentary photography mainly focused on traditional humanist themes, documenting unguarded moments in street scenes, moving or funny, or imaginatively photographed human relations, it seems as though today this area has suddenly become empty, or rather, it seems that all has already been done and further repetitions merely trivialize the genre.

For more than a decade there have been efforts in contemporary photography to use the documentary method to express a personal concept, to play with it within the framework of staged documentary, or on the other hand, to renounce the elements of compositional or situational aesthetics, renouncing what is now almost pejoratively called artistic photography, instead to pursue personal record, a sort of visual diary, featuring photographs which deliberately depart from aesthetic criteria. It seems that in the last decade, much has changed also in the understanding of the medium of photography as such.  

#5 Borders Of Documentary — Portfolios

Andreas Weinand

The first photograph that I saw by Andreas Weinand, which must have been fifteen years ago now, depicted depraved-looking young people at some sort of heavy metal party. It had been taken on a Christmas Eve in the late 1980s…

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#5 Borders Of Documentary — Portfolios

Graciela Iturbide

In her most famous photographs, Graciela Iturbide captured grand and graceful women. One of these she called Mujer Ángel (Woman Angel) and thus transformed her into a symbol of the Native American people of the Sonora desert in northern Mexico…

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#5 Borders Of Documentary — Portfolios

Jiří Hanke

Each photograph in the collection Views from the Window of My Flat is important, and not solely from the point of view of aesthetics. Taken together, they reveal something more than a mere interest in variations on a rewarding theme…

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#5 Borders Of Documentary — Portfolios

Martin Parr

There are few personalities among contemporary photographers as popular, influential and respected (as well as so frequently criticized) as Martin Parr. This is not due solely to his own extensive body of work, which has played and continues to play a major role in the evolution of both British and international documentary photography, influencing countless photographers worldwide, but also thanks to his other activities…

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#5 Borders Of Documentary — Profiles

Beth Block

Young American photographer Beth Block graduated only recently (in 2001) in Photography and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts in New York. She has presented herself to American audiences at several group exhibits: in New York, California and Texas…

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