Artdoc Photography Magazine - Issue 6/2020
Artdoc Photography Magazine
In this issue
Photography is increasingly seen as a form of visual storytelling, whether it is the photographer’s personal story, told in metaphors and symbols, or a story about the social and political world told through the lives of people in the remotest corners of the world. This issue of Artdoc brings famous, seasoned and award-winning storytellers who all made documentary stories about our dire world.
American photographer Bryan Schutmaat made large-format analogue pictures of the desolate mining regions in the USA. He combined barren landscapes with desolate interiors and portraits of lonely residents. He deems his work political but does not see himself as an activist.
One of the most talked-about photographers of our time, Alec Soth, uses his 8x10 inch camera for very personal but yet societal stories. He sees his portraits of peculiar individuals as self-portraits. On the famous portrait of Charles, he remarked: “I saw that he was a solitary dreamer, a type of person to whom I react strongly and with whom I feel a connection.”
Even more peculiar are people who freeze themselves in liquid nitrogen, awaiting the day when they hope to be brought back to life again. Yann Mingard photographed all different ways to safeguard data, DNA, seeds, and more in his project Deposit.
The Danish photographer Martin Thaulow is concerned about the fate of immigrants in Europe. He made portraits of newcomers and combined them with pictures of typical homes of Danish inhabitants.
Italian photographer Federico Borella created a dramatic documentary series about suicide among Indian farmers due to prolonged droughts, a bitter toll of climate change.
Documentary photographers are the conscience of society. They look further and more profound than average newspapers and magazines. Their deeply concerned work tells stories of the world, stories that concern us, and stories inspiring many other photographers.
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.