August 4, 2012

Alessandra Sanguinetti - "The Adventures of Guille and Belinda and the Enigmatic Meaning of Their Dreams" and "The Life That Came"

Maybe you will be surprise to read what I'm going to write if you are an habitual visitor of this blog (thank you to every one of you), but I actually mean it: I don't like photography. More exactly, I don't like the act of taking photographies the way it is usually done. I tend to separate photographers in two species: the dictator and the robber. The former makes the image he has in his head and uses his model to realize it, a model that becomes not even a subject but most often an object. This is to photography what fetichist is to sexuality. The latter steals the images of people he takes pictures of and feeds his (or her) public with them, attracting all the congratulation, and making the world a vast show for an entomologistic vision of humanity. In this blog, I tried to find photographers (professional or amateurs) escaping to these categories and sometimes I found some. This is in particular why I like so much self-portraits, cause they can't be classified in one of them, only in narcissism or exhibitionism, but since these are supposed to be mental disturbed states and no social bad behavior, I don't mind. Why this long introduction? Because with this project, Alessandra Sanguinetti, a New York based Argentinean photographer is a pure example of someone escaping to each of the categories I described above (even the mentally disturbed ones) and providing a work that contribute to honor photography as an art. In following over several years (from 1999 to 2007) these two young cousins, she doesn't steel anything to them but makes of them iconic figures of the human condition, not unlike what old painting masters were doing before becoming also dictators and robbers. And we feel in complete empathy with them and feel touched as rarely in photography. These images have a magical quality, they are all beautiful without euphemising the worl they show. It's one of the greatest photographic work ever done. A site here.

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