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Anne Kathrin Schuhmann

Born in Germany. Lives in: Berlin
Royal College of Art

The photograph is not transparent; it is opaque. The only thing you can do is look at it. I approach photography as a means of responding to the medium itself and its discursive underpinnings without attempting to pin things down. When something is put forward to us in order to perceive it, we normally feel the need to interpret it, to understand what it is trying to communicate. But how do we read an image? What happens if there is no narrative implied, no meaning to be identified? In examining the potential and limits of photographic representation, I try to open up ideas of what an image could be. There are disparate subjects and photographic techniques, without legible narratives, leading to various ways of reading that unfold new sensibilities. I want to leave the image open, without conclusion or definition. The authority of the photographic image as a document is undercut. Instead of revealing things, giving insight, photography appears to be a medium of concealment. The p... [more]

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I would like to pursue my practice of taking, looking at and juxtaposing images. Maybe exploring other forms of presentation such as books, slide shows etc.

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