Fabricated To Be Photographed

Robert Cumming made some engaging images which were included in an important exhibit in the 1970s “Fabricated to be Photographed.”

Mr. Metzker made a series called “Pictus Interruptus.”

The Belgian directors/brothers Dardenne have potentially useful comments for our current business of constructing barriers in photographs.

“We like to plunge the viewer into the scene without having had any exposition, particularly, before the scene happens. We just like to throw them into it.”

“It’s not that we don’t want any psychology. It’s just that we feel that, when we give a psychological explanation, we’ve told everything. For instance, if we say, well, Samantha was not able to have a child or she’s wanted to have a child for a long time, we feel that we’re giving an explanation to the viewer who then, in turn, feels that he or she has understood everything.

We try to place our camera in a way – position it so that there are obstacles, almost as if the reality that we’re filming is refusing that our camera find the right place. So since the camera is not in the right position, it’s almost like a documentary. We’d like to see the entire face, but we can’t quite.”

Hear the entire NPR story: http://www.npr.org/player/v2/mediaPlayer.html?action=1&t=1&islist=false&id=148774087&m=148774504

And finally (for now), look at some of the work of Yeondoo Jung.


  1. Great work from Ray Metzker, a master in post-war photography in the US and great article. To “Give back to Ceasar what belongs to Ceasar” I would just point out that the Dardenne brothers are Belgian, not French.

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