The series Estrelas amadas – Beloved Stars – is based on black and white photographs of movie stars found in a Portuguese magazine from the 1950s. The former owner of the magazine, a... More > young woman from Lisbon, coloured the lips of all her beloved stars in the brightest red, presumably soon after she acquired the magazine and decades before her copy ended up in a flea market.< Less
Archiv (1986–1999) is an analytical survey of international vernacular photography through the course of 20th century consisting of assortments of images – snapshots, studio photos,... More > postcards, commercial photos, photos of missing people, newspaper images – grouped and classified according to their similarity on panels. The panels highlight the mechanical uniformity and conformity of image production, the collective patterns and rituals of popular photographic representations. The project is a history, a commentary, and a celebration of of the mundane weirdness of commonplace photography.
The entire project consist of 726 panels, the book includes a selection of 53 panels.< Less
The series Statics (1995–2003) is an artistic reply to the aggressive visual pollution and excess information in modern society. Media fall-out such as garbage photos, advertising leaflets,... More > unsolicited mail, redundant books etc. was the raw material that was recycled. Using an office shredder, this existing (paper-based) information was sliced, turning information into meaningless matter. The resulting strips were gathered to create visual fields with specific tonalities and colours that reflect the original content.< Less
Seit vierzig Jahren sammle ich Fotografien. Einige davon verwende ich in meinen Arbeiten. Viele sortiere ich nach einiger Zeit wieder aus. Manche habe ich aufbewahrt, obwohl ich keine Verwendung... More > für sie hatte. Die neunzehn Porträts in diesem Büchlein sind die ersten Bilder in meiner Sammlung. Sie überlebten vierzig Jahre Betrachten und Aussortieren. Es wird einen Grund dafür geben.
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I have been collecting photographs for forty years. Some ended up in my works, others were discarded, and the rest I preserved in my collection despite not knowing what to do with them. The earliest of these survivors is a series of nineteen portraits reproduced in this book - portraits that have endured four continuous decades of sifting, disposal and preservation. There must be a reason for this.< Less