Max Pinckers "Hybrid, Poetic, Human" (Snoex,2018) approach to documentary photography is for me a refreshing change to the constructed snapshot style portraits where the subject looks slightly off camera vacantly into the distance. I was interested to read that Pinckers had recently lost the vote to join the Magnum photography agency.
"For years, his work has explored the unsteady relationship between reality and fiction, rooted in his critical take on documentary photography, its inherent idea of truth and truthfulness, and its urge for aesthetics"
This is the image that first caught my eye whilst looking through the 'suggested reading' section on a photobook website. It reminded me of St Martins church in Barton, Devon where Had grown up as a child. It was the start of an imalgamation of ideas which between Pickers and John Spinks work has highlighted a deeply hidden urge to photograph this place I once called home. The idea that it has completely changed in reality but Is how it was in my memory is something that is really interesting to me. Is there a way of photographing it how it was in my memory?
I'm really drawn to Pinckers aesthetic in this series. The portrait below is honest and shows a sense of truth. I dont feel like there is anything hidden and Pinckers has clearly spent some time with the subject. The idea for this series is totally different to the documentary work I plan to make yet I feel like this aesthetic is somewhere eI would like to explore.
In a recent portfolio review with Steve Tynan, he told me that I need to broaden my offering in my work. Develop a personal style using flash photography. He suggested this as a way of adding another methodology to my practise which I think I'm going tot ry and adopt for my project not dissimilar to this work.
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