Silver gelatin print, 20 x 16 inches
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Excerpt from Chapter I, A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters
b. Letter to the chief judicial magistrate of Azamgarh demanding official recognition that Shivdutt, Chandrabhan, Phoolchand, and Ram Surat Yadav are living and maintain legal title to their land. The letter also requests that legal action be taken against all officers and family members who filed false information. Family file, Azamgarh.
d. Corpse of a person with leprosy floating in the Ganges River. The dead are cremated on the banks of the river or tied to heavy stones and sunk in the water. Dhanaiy Yadav, Shivdutt Yadav’s father, was cremated along the banks and his ashes were scattered in the river. Ganges River, Varanasi.
Sun Set Series, 2011
37.5 x 50 cm and 75 x 100 cm
inkjet prints, mounted on aluminium
The knowledge gained through still photographs will always be some kind of sentimentalism, whether cynical or humanist. it will be a knowledge at bargain prices – a semblance of knowledge, a semblance of wisdom; as the act of taking pictures is a semblance of appropriation, a semblance of rape. — susan sontag
(via:A Young Hair)
The dot system shows television screens photographed at the moment of being powered off. The trigger is the power switch on the TV. The camera captures the image in the moment when it breaks down. The television picture is no longer visible—instead, a structure of light—which in a fraction of a second the picture tube disappears and collapses. The TV image is abstracted from this process and reduced to its essential element: the light order that the tube beam is generated from. This order is different for each TV. The exposure time and the time of admission have a significant impact on the image object—the later the camera is triggered, the further advanced the collapse of the picture. The photographs address their essential difference between abstraction and concretization in photography or more precisely: the ratio of external reference and self-reference. They show the collapse of the television image and thus the collapse of the reference. The dot systems therefore describes one of the essential characteristics of concrete photography. [ST]