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Curation, exhibition and audience

Curation, exhibition and audience

Johannes Rigal questions curation, exhibition and audience and gives some insight into how Adrift was put together.   Question for an Exhibition Our exhibition Adrift will open on 9 October 2012. A photographic group exhibition raises questions that have to be addressed by curatorial theory and put into practice. These questions are diverse and manifold,...
Crazy Photography

Crazy Photography

Recently, I was browsing rather aimlessly and half-motivated at the most through the books on display in a London museum. I was not quite sure what I was looking for until I found it. A small new publication called Crazy Photography by Dianne Routex. That photography could be “concerned”, “pure” or “art” is nothing new...
Transitions & Continuities – Thomas Ruff

Transitions & Continuities – Thomas Ruff

Thomas Ruff currently seems to be everywhere. Not only is he majorly featured and interviewed in the April 2012 issue of the British Journal of Photography but he is also subject of a major retrospective at the Haus der Kunst in Munich. This exhibition chronologically covers the making of certainly one of the most important German photographers of...
André Kertész: Meudon 1928

André Kertész: Meudon 1928

In the history of photography and in photographic theory, there are a few icons, a few images that are discussed in almost every book on photography that exists. One such image is André Kertész’s Meudon, 1928. Apart from approaching this piece of work – first published in 1945 in New York – from a descriptive...
And What Else Do We Know by Him? A Response to 0.2964285

And What Else Do We Know by Him? A Response to 0.2964285

As Michael has shown us, the process of editing and sequencing photographic work is a process that’s at least as important to the actual shooting of images. But his example of Robert Frank’s The Americans is interesting for another reason: isn’t this the almost archetypical one-hit-wonder? Or put differently: what else do you know by...
Difficulties and Successes

Difficulties and Successes

To present photography in an exhibition space is certainly not a simple and easy task. It involves decisions made by the curator, wishes and hopes by the artist, the availability of space and has to meet the viewer’s expectations. But the biggest problems may arise when the curator, the exhibition space and the artist are...
Discovering / Uncovering the Magic

Discovering / Uncovering the Magic

The thing is, famous photographers who are considered the “best photographers of all time”, will always be surrounded by this magical mist, this seemingly massive genius. There will always be the myth that their most famous shots – the ones known from books and galleries – were images that were produced as a single frame. The...