Install Theme

“I do not believe in documentary approaches,” Fontcuberta recently stated in the film made by the Hasselblad Foundation, which accompanied the announcement that he was the recipient of their 2013 International Award in Photography. “Reality does not exist by itself. It’s an intellectual construction; and photography is a tool to negotiate our idea of reality.” For more than thirty years, Fontcuberta has been challenging the veracity of the photographic medium – as well as what Lewis Hine once called society’s “unbounded faith in the integrity of the photograph” – by constructing elaborate documentary-like dossiers that on their surface appear convincing, but upon closer inspection reveal themselves to be satirical and at times rather absurdist fabrications, which cleverly pastiche many of ways in which photography is used to evidence or substantiate a particular reality.

Excerpt from Absurd Fabrication: Fictionalizing Photographer Joan Fontcuberta by Aaron Schuman on TIME Lightbox.

  1. jawhitaker reblogged this from lostinpublications
  2. selfishmumps reblogged this from lostinpublications
  3. hayserumbra reblogged this from lostinpublications
  4. nelfafa reblogged this from lostinpublications
  5. liesallthetime reblogged this from joelisnowon
  6. joelisnowon reblogged this from irresponsibleambition
  7. irresponsibleambition reblogged this from lostinpublications
  8. personatatjana reblogged this from lostinpublications
  9. mirumirumiru reblogged this from cinoh
  10. willwdoug reblogged this from lostinpublications
  11. alipikku reblogged this from villejavat
  12. villejavat reblogged this from cinoh
  13. ddavtre reblogged this from cinoh
  14. jamesmcclellan reblogged this from visicert
  15. nickdavie reblogged this from lostinpublications
  16. valerieroybal reblogged this from cinoh and added:
    lostinpublications: “Reality does not exist by itself. It’s an intellectual construction; and photography is a tool to...
  17. deimabag reblogged this from visicert
  18. weirdcafe reblogged this from oldoriginal
  19. oldoriginal reblogged this from lostinpublications
  20. anneneneme reblogged this from cinoh
  21. l----u reblogged this from cinoh