Fotograf Magazine

#24 seeing is believing

The issue entitled “Seeing is Believing” tackles the imaginary space “through the mirror” which deals with phenomena existing on the margins of scientific knowledge. Here photography plays the role of medium, documentary record, witness, and even of a means of evidence which attests to paranormal phenomena, spiritism, decadence, thoughtography (“mental photography”) and so on. On the other hand, the nature of the theme also touches certain motifs of the visual arts, such as mirroring, ghost images, and trompe l’oeil, even branching into Surrealism. The issue will combine the aforementioned approaches and perspectives, hoping to provoke mediation on the relationship between the technological image and reality, and on the authenticity of the medium of photography itself.

#24 Seeing Is Believing — Profiles

František Drtikol

František Drtikol (1883–1961) was a widely recognized figure in the international art scene of his day. An active photographer from the very beginning of the 20th century until the mid-1930s, he firmly established himself among the elite of world photography and remained part of it even after he decided to abandon the medium altogether in 1935…

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#24 Seeing Is Believing — Profiles

Raplh Eugene Meatyard

The American photographer Ralph Eugene Meatyard (1925–1972) worked as an optician in Lexington, Kentucky. He pursued photography in his spare time, joining the Lexington Camera Club in 1954. He might have been seen as an eccentric, developing a harvest of the past twelve months at once, or cherishing a collection of junk (which to him was a set of Surrealist props)…

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#24 Seeing Is Believing — Profiles

Asger Carlsen

Wrong, a series of photographs by the Danish photographer Aster Carlsen combines the relatively “innocent” form of the family photograph with manipulative interventions. In terms of both form and content, the photographs bear all of the characteristic traits of the snapshot…

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#24 Seeing Is Believing — Profiles

Gerard Byrne

For a period of ten years, the Irish artist Gerard Byrne dedicated himself to the phenomenon of the Loch Ness Monster. The outcome of his project was not just an exhibition but also an extensive book entitled Gestalt Forms of Loch Ness, which delves deeply into uncovering other levels of meaning, as well as the artist’s own methodical concept…

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#24 Seeing Is Believing — Profiles

Július Koller

It should be said at the outset that Július Koller is not in fact a photographer, and photography is for him a vehicle rather than a medium of his photo-media oeuvre, which is so extraordinarily popular today…

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