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Michael Subotzky: Retinal Shift


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ISBN 10: 3869305398 / ISBN 13: 9783869305394
Published by Steidl, 2012
Condition: Good Hardcover
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Title: Michael Subotzky: Retinal Shift

Publisher: Steidl

Publication Date: 2012

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

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Retinal Shift is the catalogue for Mikhael Subotzky's 2012 Standard Bank Young Artist Exhibition. It investigates the practice and mechanics of looking, in relation to the history of Grahamstown, the history of photographic devices and Subotzky's own history as an artist. The works draw on archival portraits from the last century, found surveillance footage, as well as Subotzky's own photographs from various series that he recontextualizes. The opening work in the book is a self-portrait that Subotzky made with the assistance of an optometrist. High-resolution images of his left and right retinas sit side by side. Says Subotzky: "I was fascinated by this encounter. At the moment that my retinas, parts of my essential organs of seeing, were photographed, I was blinded by the apparatus that made the images."

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Mikhael Subotzky was born in Cape Town in 1981. He became the youngest member of the prestigious Magnum agency aged just 31 and he was recently named winner of the 2012 Standard Bank Young Artist Award. Subotzky was influenced from an early age by his uncle, Gideon Mendel, one of South Africa's notable 'struggle photographers'. Subotzky adopts the directness of the social documentary mode while questioning the photographic medium itself.

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