Photographing photographers

Photography

When browsing my photos I discovered that a recurring theme of mine is taking pictures of people who take pictures of something. It’s funny, because I never planned this as a theme, but now since I became aware of it, I will try to develop it further.

“Photographing photographers” is probably not a new theme at all. But it is not the same as “photographing oneself photographing,” e.g. in a mirror or reflecting windowpane. Though such photographic self-portraits relate to interesting (metaphysical) questions of self-reference and reflexivity, I am more interested in photographing others photographing (others). This way, attention is less on the metaphysical aspects of photographic observation than on photographic observation as an everyday material practice of people: What do people photograph? Where do they stand or sit? How do they hold their cameras? How do they move their bodies? What is the overall setting?

Here are some of my favorites:

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This is in Pamukkale. Hordes of tourists are literally shipped in to Turkey’s coast and then bussed to this otherwise rather remote and laid back Turkish town, which is famous for its terraces of carbonate minerals. How well they all fit in the landscape…

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I love this one! Three friends and an awesome view (Marina Bay Sands SkyPark, Singapore). And yet, no communication and no enjoyment…

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This was last week at 48 Stunden Neukölln, a Berlin art fair. The guy in the front actually takes a picture of me, the guy in the back photographs the woman in front of the painting.

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Singapore again: The camera denotes the magic line that separates the “stage” from the “backstage.” Erwin Goffman says hi.

 

 

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