The appropriation of photographs, simple or sophisticated, stylized in the format of family or personal album, is generally well-received by larger audiences. It carries the delightful moment of informality or “naiveté”, which makes them acceptable to many of those who are bored by the excessive sophistication of postmodernism. Many artists currently recycle either amateur photographs or images notorious from the media. Others work with the family album format, historical photographs, or use various methods of recycling existing photographs. The multiplicity of approaches in this form of working with photography prompted the decision to make it the subject of the present issue of Fotograf Magazine.
Annu Matthew Palakunathu