Why we need images

A capitalist society requires a culture based on images. It needs to furnish vast amounts of entertainment in order to stimulate buying and anaesthesize the injuries of class, race, and sex. And it needs to gather unlimited amounts of information, the better to exploit natural resources, increase productivity, keep order, make war, give job to… Continue reading Why we need images

A Too-Perfect Picture: Teju Cole on Steve McCurry’s India

 To consider a place largely from the perspective of a permanent anthropological past, to settle on a notion of authenticity that edits out the present day, is not simply to present an alternative truth: It is to indulge in fantasy. — Teju Cole in an Article on Steve McCurry’s Book “India”, that collects images taken… Continue reading A Too-Perfect Picture: Teju Cole on Steve McCurry’s India

Selling Out Or Take What You Can Get: Hiroshi Sugimoto for Hermes

The tale of how Hiroshi Sugimoto came to his pictures  of pure light is beautiful: He evokes a long running history from Newton over Goethe into an everyday practice of careful observation and attentiveness. And then Hermes goes on to make a scarf out of it that sells from 7000$ upward. What does that mean? Selling out?… Continue reading Selling Out Or Take What You Can Get: Hiroshi Sugimoto for Hermes

The Wealth Gap: Dougie Wallace’s Photos Of Harrodsburg

If you still need proof, that it is not the god-less vs. the pure or christianity vs. islam or the west vs. the east – take a look at Dougie Wallace’s photos of Harrodsburg, a quarter in London where the filthy rich go shopping.

Mostly, it seems, it is the money or the lack thereof, which makes us all equal: And not even the islamic belief seems to able to protect people from unfettered hedonism. “May God curse him”, as one commentator from Quatar was tempted to say, seems somehow appropriate.Obviously the word of god has not much weight these days, when it can easily be thrown around for each and every nuisance…

 

They Say There are No Silly Questions…: What is Photography? in Centre Pompidou

… but as it turns out, there are. That especially is the case when the question is too vague to yield any reasonable answer. And now you can go on from here and state that it is not about coming up with the right answer, but about the movement the question induces – but given this… Continue reading They Say There are No Silly Questions…: What is Photography? in Centre Pompidou

On Landscape

“There was a particular group of still-life photographs which for me looked like details of a complex landscape. But it was a fictional landscape. What made me stop photographing landscapes was that I no longer felt I could make Eden-like photographs of something which was being destroyed. But I could deal with the notion of a… Continue reading On Landscape