DURHAM, NC (February 20, 2013) – In the days following the announcement of the World Press Photo of the Year there's been quite a discussion going on in cyberspace about post-processing of news images, and how far is too far given the ethics of reportage and today's digital photography.
We’ve run into some cool ideas over the years — most of them involving a new way of taking photos or an interesting mix of established photography techniques — but Hong Sung Chul‘s work with photographs printed onto string is definitely different, if not unique. His choice of medium is said to represent our human connection to our mothers through an umbilical cord.
The act of looking at a photograph is not passive. We look for familiar signals that we can quickly interpret as a message.
Amateurs use their cameras as a descriptive tool, making statements like “I was here” or “I had a beer with so and so” while professionals grab symbolic analogues of our sensory and emotional experiences to create a representation.
At Visa pour l’Image next September, the photographer Michel Setboun will present Génération Sygma, a book designed and organized in the same way as Génération Sipa (Editions La Martinière). This large project has kept Setboun busy for a long time.