Artdoc Photography Magazine - Issue 3/2020
Artdoc Photography Magazine
In this issue
We have the honour to bring in Issue #3 2020 of Artdoc Photo Magazine three protagonists in modern photography: Stephen Shore, John Riddy and Roger Ballen. Stephen shore was the forerunner of the movement that changed landscape photography’s history, the New Topographics. No longer did photographers look to the sublime in nature, as did Ansel Adams. Instead, they directed their big field cameras to the vernacular world, including billboards and lampposts. British photographer John Riddy took a step further. He photographs buildings, but his central theme is the abstract quality of the place and space. His photographs have archetypical qualities. He states in the interview: “I hope my photographs resonate with other images and shared experience.” This statement could also be true for South-African photographer Roger Ballen. He photographs dark and enigmatic scenes of which he says are, in fact, all mirrors of the mind. For Ballen, there is no difference between the reality of the photographic image and the mind’s fantasy. “The goal is to challenge my own mind.” He wants to let his mind talk to itself, resulting in a quest for universal and archetypical images of our deepest fears.
In our section of Photo Culture, we bring the essay The Eidos of Photography. This article analyses the book Camera Lucida of philosopher Roland Barthes. If you’ve always wanted to know what Barthes called the essence of photography, you’ve got an excellent article to dive into. We wish you happy reading and looking. Photography is the language of the world. And we love to speak it, just like you.
Artdoc is an international online magazine dedicated to the world of photography. We aim at connecting the community of photography, including photographers, publishers, museums, galleries, collectors, art students, and every interested person in the world of lens-based arts. We believe that photography is the most relevant global plastic form of art. Photography is a tool to communicate about the world that surrounds us and our feelings about it. Photography is the visual storytelling medium of our time, and it's deeply pervaded in the veins of our society and culture. The art of photography is not limited to the aesthetics of the images themselves but encompasses the story behind them. The name Artdoc refers to our vision of photography. The former distinction between art photography and documentary photography is not relevant anymore. In recent years, the two fields have merged, and contemporary photography is a blend of mirrors and windows.