Off Camera

Off  Camera
Steven Humblet (ed.)
Roma Publications, 2021

‘Off Camera’ is a visual essay in four chapters, dealing with the impact of photography on the broader field of visual arts. Each chapter is devoted to one conceptualization of ‘the photographic’: photography as a form of fossilization, the importance of the chemical substrate, the role of the optical lens and the acknowledgment of photography as a procedure. The aim is to show how these four different photographic concepts directly or indirectly influenced the broader field of contemporary art. Each chapter therefore is build upon a confrontation between works of photographers and those of visual artists. Three texts – a conversation with Joanna Zylinska, Markus Kramer and Marc De Blieck – accompany the visual essay.

The book contains work by Walead Beshty, Dirk Braeckman, Moyra Davey, Marc De Blieck, Jan Dibbets, Ann Veronica Janssen, Liesbet Grupping, Wade Guyton, Jochen Lempert, Alison Rossiter, Thomas Ruff, Penelope Umbrico, Sine Van Menxel, Bernard Voïta and many others…

‘Off Camera’ is the conclusion of a research project carried out by Belgian researcher Steven Humblet’s group, Thinking Tools, at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp. Design: Roger Willems, Dongyoung Lee.

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