Joan Fontcuberta: The Photography of Nature & The Nature of Photography

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Catalan photographer Joan Fontcuberta is the 33rd recipient of the prestigious Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography.

To celebrate the award MACK and The Hasselblad Foundation published a collection of six of Fontcuberta’s most iconic series including: Herbarium (1984) and Fauna (1987), dealing with botanical and biological findings of newly discovered species; Constellations (1993), images of previously undiscovered stars and their stardust; Sputnik (1997), which tells the tale of a Russian cosmonaut still lost in space; also included are Sirens (2000), an investigative project for National Geologic on the finding of the Hydropithecus (mermaid) fossils, and Orogenesis (2002) in which Fontcuberta explores landscapes using Terragen technologies.

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Fontcuberta’s photography is itself about photography’s own workings, and with each series he challenges the audience’s trust in the veracity of the medium and its function as a system of representation. Confronting our anxieties about that system, Fontcuberta’s careful fabrications are laced with clues and inconsistencies – the photographer himself even appears, disguised as Hans von Kubert or Joan Fontana. In exposing the various artifices of the photographic medium, he asks how and why photography acquires a seductive truthfulness in the eyes of its viewers. As Jorge Wagensberg suggests, ‘The mere possibility that it could be a Fontcuberta is an invitation to think; in other words, it makes the believer sceptical and the incredulous believe’.

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Afmetingen 27 × 22 cm
Titel

The Photography of Nature & The Nature of Photography

Fotograaf

Joan Fontcuberta

Tekst

Geoffrey Batchen / Jorge Wagensberg

Uitgever

Mack / The Hasselblad Foundation

ISBN

9781907946516

Bindwijze

hardcover

Omvang

224 p.

Aantal illustraties

242

Taal

english

Jaar

2013

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