The Artificial of the Realby Anton Josef Trcka, Edward Weston, Helmut Newton
Nature: In the works of Anton Josef Trcka nature is picturesque, an embellishment atmospherically enhancing his portraits. In Edward Weston's work it appears in its most basic, purest forms, as both reality and its metaphor. And for Helmut Newton nature is the hyper-real backdrop against which he stages the pictorial worlds which accompany and pursue us today. Body: Trcka uses the body as a vehicle for a new expressiveness, a new gesture, a new image of mankind, which at the turn of this century could only be created by means of a photography both so close to, yet so remote from reality. For Weston the body is pure form, one of the world's primordial forms, an abstract representation of human, physical existence. And Newton: here bodies are creations invented by the director behind the camera, manifestly rooted in reality, but nevertheless vigorously detached from it for the sake of art and artificiality. The Artificial of the Real is about the art of perceiving reality and representing it. Three photographers show how human beings have experienced themselves in their world at different moments during this century. For this, photography is how the artificiality of the real is rendered perceptible.
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