Fotograf Magazine

#12 reconstruction

The ability to create new technical images that undergo more or less digital manipulation on a PC in order to take the original predecessor, the original photo taken, and slightly improve it is now accessible to an incomparably broad range of interested persons. This range is much broader than during the period of development of classic, analogue photo techniques.

  Reconstruction of the original photo image is almost as old as photography itself. This relates to the fact that since its creation photography has been considered a mimetic art. This is art that can only non-artificially reproduce facts – contrary to painting, an art form that photography has most often been compared to during the history of its existence. This also relates to long ago attempts by photographers with artistic ambitions to prove their independence from pure reality and its reproduction and push their creation of an end product into the realm of their own imagination.

#12 Reconstruction — Portfolios

Martha Rosler

One of the key topics for the pioneering generation of feminist artists in the late 1960s / early 1970s was the exploitation of the female body. Martha Rosler – American photographer, performance artist, videoartist, curator and photo theorist – was among those, who addressed this problem…

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Sam Taylor-Wood

Sam Taylor-Wood (*1967), initially a post-punk rebel from the London art scene in the late 1980s/early 1990s, ranks among the group of artists, whom we have gotten used to calling during that last two decades by the generalised, partially schematising name of YBA, that is “Young British Artists” (Tracey Emin, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Marcus Harvey, Damien Hirst, Gary Hume, Sarah Lucas and others)…

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Woody Vasulka

Woody and Steina Vasulka rank among the pioneers of electronic art. Originally European artists (Woody hails from Brno and Stein from Reykjavik – both met during their studies in Prague), have lived in the USA since the mid-1960s…

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#12 Reconstruction — Profiles

Jan Dziaczkowski

Maybe it would have been nice, if the Iron Curtain hadn’t sprung up on the Elbe River. Rather it could have been farther away – maybe even as far as Santiago de Compostela. In 1945, the Soviet army simply would not have stopped in the middle of Germany – and the middle of the way, but it would have marched briskly on, into the sunset, setting up satellite states as it went along: The Socialist Republic of France, The People’s Democratic Republic of Italy, The United Socialist Republic of Great Britain and Ireland…

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#12 Reconstruction — Profiles

Petra Vargová

Petra Vargová does not rank among artists who overwhelm galleries with more and more of their new works. Even on her web-site (petravargova.org), which maps more than a decade’s worth of work, we do not find confused trails of projects…

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Štěpán Grygar

Our paths have crossed many times; we have many common experiences from the days prior to the fall of Communism and after as well. How would you define the main changes that have taken place in Czech photography since the system changed?

I don’t know if it would be prudent to separate Czech photographers from other artists…

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