Fotograf Magazine

#1 Face

Two types of absence are visualised in the meeting of the face with photography and of photography with the face: one is inherent to photography, and the other belongs solely to the face. The first is the Barthesian absence of the moment of taking the photograph that is lost in the instant when the light drafts the image in the photosensitive emulsion. From then on, the photographic image only stubbornly repeats this single, but inevitable and unquestionable assertion: this object has been here, but its reality consists precisely in that it is unreachable – it is a moment which has been and will never repeat itself again.