C Photo Posed / Unposed
Launch: 23 January 2012, 19:00 h, in attendance of:
- Elena Foster, founder and CEO of Ivorypress, editor of C Photo
- Tobia Bezzola, curator of Kunsthaus Zurich and guest editor of C Photo 3
- Iñaki Domingo, coordinator of Ivorypress Publishing House and coeditor of C Photo
Venue: Ivorypress Art + Books Space II C/ Comandante Zorita, 46 (Madrid, Spain)
Posed/Unposed examines the tension between the entirely spontaneous and unposed, on one side, and the desire to achieve the perfect pose on the other. Tobia Bezzola’s mission in making the selection of the thirteen portfolios was, as he explains in the introduction, “to outline the field of the creative tension that exists between the posed and the unposed, in which photographers have been moving for the last hundred years.” Published in a bilingual Spanish-English edition, Posed/Unposed addresses this dichotomy from various approaches, ranging from photojournalism and amateur snapshots to advertising, portraiture and fashion photography.
“Whether the author is an amateur, a famous artist or a paparazzo is irrelevant,” claims editor Elena Ochoa Foster, “perverse, innocent, deliberate or the result of cosmic chance, all the photographs in this volume are radical because of their content and form.’ Posed/Unposed examines “the artistic and philosophical ins and outs of this theme,” while at once “communicating the essential importance of the visual memory, frozen to capture life and bring time to a halt,” the founder of Ivorypress explains.
The volume features portfolios by the photographers Slim Aarons, Guy Bourdin, Ghislain Dussart, Hester Scheurwater, Jaques Henri Lartigue, Federico Patellani, Pawel Jaszczuk, Edward Quinn, Rico Scagliola & Michael Meier, Jules Spinatch, Thomas Struth and Garry Winogrand. Besides the work of these photographers, Posed/Unposed also boasts a selection of images from the archives of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), including the cover photo, A female assault victim, taken by Babbit in 1947.
In addition, this third number in the C Photo collection contains a short story by the Dutch writer Connie Palmen entitled I Love Snapshots, in which she takes a look at the question of stolen photos and portraits, woven around the narrative thread of the death of her husband, the politician Hans van Mierlo.
Posed/Unposed is the third number in C Photo’s new series, following its opening 5-year cycle from 2005 to 2010 embracing the ten issues of C International Photo Magazine, which, taken as a whole, form a self-contained collection dedicated to contemporary photography. Focusing on monographic themes, the second series already has two previous volumes: Genesis, devoted to the early first works by ten major names in photography; and Real Venice, with portfolios from fourteen photographers invited to create their own personal visions of Venice. Both series complement each other in an ongoing exploration of the changes and evolution in the art of photography, without any cultural or geographical hierarchies.
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