A Form of View: Photography by Yoav Friedländer

Artist’s Statement

The obvious similarity between photographs (as they are the result of recording the visible light) and reality had been confusing me since I was a child. Photographs promised me a vision of a reality from the past or a visualization of a current reality that is geographically inaccessible to me. In a sense they where like a recipe to remake a world. And with the duration of time that world had been consumed by a future that turned to present. Photography as an entire medium visually mapped reality since it started. Its mapping of the visible was like a broken promise that we’ve made to ourselves by looking up to the medium as a neutral reflection of what visibly exists.

Photography altered the way I have experienced reality by providing me with a similar experience approximate to reality that is yet different. What exists is different from how it is mapped in a photograph. Many of our understandings of reality and our relation to objects, people and landscapes are being described by photographs and have never being experienced by us in person. Photography at times diffused itself so well into consciousness that we find ourselves considering what is real to be different from how it should be according to its own image.

Since the invention of the photograph, reality gradually became augmented by its own reflection. I am focusing my work at that point of friction.

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