Fotograf Magazine

#21 On Photography

The issue “On Photography” quotes Susan Sontag in its title, but it is not meant to be an accompaniment to her theoretical essays.  In the meanwhile, photography has become a social, already a different type, of medium than it was in the 1970s, when Sontag wrote her essays on photography. Since that time, photography has become a new establishment among the creative media; after its fast infiltration into the upper echelons of artistic disciplines in the 1990s and the first decade of this century. The history and the medium’s essence itself were once again exposed to new questions in correlation with the evolution of digital photography, along with the related gradual disappearance of certain original photographic principles such as the negative-positive process, etc. This all culminated in the fully evident wave of interest among photographers in photography itself; whether it be with a nostalgic reaction to the gradual disappearance of one of its analogue forms, as previously stated: the negative-positive, chemical processes, darkrooms, or the quotation of photographic history and its discovering acts. Of course artists from previous generations have already explored the photographic medium as such, but their efforts were rather attempts to find new possibilities, to push existing boundaries (perhaps the most in the modernist period).  However, the work of new artists and photography „about photography“ became a new phenomenon, which this issue will address.

#21 On Photography — Profiles

Hans Aarsman

Mohlo by se říct, že psát o fotografické tvorbě Hanse Aarsmana není snadný úkol – a skutečně to tak vypadá, i když pouze na první pohled. Aarsman převrací fotografické médium naruby…

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#21 On Photography — Profiles

Christopher Williams

“Cut an object in half, it becomes a model.
A model is a representation of a system.”
Christopher Williams

 

Although it may not be immediately apparent, one of the key themes in the work of US artist Christopher Williams is that of the world divided by the Cold War…

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#21 On Photography — Profiles

Rabih Mroué

Can one shoot or photograph one’s own death? It is difficult to answer such a question, not least since when it is being asked the interviewee is as a rule already not among the living. The Lebanese theater director and visual artist Rabih Mroué attempted to provide an answer on behalf of many of the authors of records of the last moments of their lives in his current project, entitled
The Pixelated Revolution…

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#21 On Photography — Profiles

Jan Tichý

The permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago encompasses nearly 11,000 works of art. In 2011, in an effort to map this considerable and eclectic landscape, the museum commissioned artist Jan Tichy to delve into the collection and to produce an exhibition…

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#21 On Photography — Profiles

Petra Feriancová

The work of Petra Feriancová is complex, as is mandated by the central theme she has pursued throughout her career. At the heart of her work is the fundamental and ever-present sense of clash and continuity between individual and collective memory, embodied by the images which help to form and keep these alive…

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