In Almost Every Picture #6

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In Almost Every Picture #6
Collected & edited by Erik Kessels
Text by Christian Bunyan
Kesselskramer Publishing

Softcover
136 pages
150×200 mm
2007
ISBN: 978-90-70478-15-5

 

The impulse to mark our lives is universal. Start a diary, build a house, write a poem. The proliferation of online blogs in our own time is testament to the desire to cry, “Hey, I exist. This is me.”

By collecting and documenting her passport photographs over some sixty years, the woman in this book demarcated her life in black and white, declaring her existence (even if only to herself). It is difficult to imagine a more minimalist autobiography, a lifetime compressed into just 75 extremely similar photographs.

He might not shoot pictures himself, but the Dutch art director and collector Erik Kessels has certainly changed the way we think about photography. As a curator of amateur photography, he’s elevated discarded images to gallery status, finding beauty and insight in pictures of, say, 20th century German police uniforms, or one woman’s lifelong love of fairground shooting galleries.
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