Artdoc Photography Magazine - Issue 4/2020
Artdoc Photography Magazine
In this issue
The Anthropocene is the epoch in which humans have a profound influence on the climate. There is no denial of this worrying fact, but how does it show in our daily life, geography and culture? Since awareness of the pollution of the environment has arisen, a movement has emerged that practices a critical look at invisible pollution by humans.
In this Artdoc issue, we bring the elaborate work of German photographer Claudius Schulze. He shows Europe as a natural park, for which he photographed in a highly aesthetic way landscapes in which civilengineers made constructions to prevent natural disasters.
Jordanian photographer Nadia Bseiso approached the topic from another angle. She made the documentary Infertile Crescent of the ongoing drought in the region around the Red Sea. She photographed the dry area and found a group of resilient people who lived there.
In The Land of Elephants, Portuguese photographer Silvy Crespo documented in dark and moody black and white images the mining of lithium in Portugal, devastating the countries pristine landscape.
Russian photographer Igor Tereshkov did a very risky project uncovering oils spills by oil companies in Russia. In his project Oil and Moss, Tereshkov explores themes about ecology and indigenous peoples, experimenting with various analogue photo techniques.
Quite different is the series Unexpected Geology of American artist Ellen Jantzen. She combines mountains and rocks digitally in magical images in which the unreal scale looks surreal.
Too often, it is assumed that photography is a universal language that everyone understands, but nothing is less true. In order to read photography as a cultural coded language, we need a critical visual culture. In our long-read, we dive into semiotics, truth, and meaning. According to Roland Barthes, there is no truth in the image but only opposing interests.
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.