Introduction to GUP #58 - Delicate




A photograph is always a delicate object, as Willemijn van der Zwaan states in her article for this issue of GUP Magazine. Paper can tear, ink can fade and even a digital image isn’t safe: hard drives can crash. Instead of fearing this inherent delicacy, some photographers embrace it and at times even use it to their advantage.

In an interview we did with Tiane Doan na Champassak he elaborates on how damages done to his prints were not only accepted by him, but actually served as an inspiration to celebrate imperfection. Thomas Demand, also included, meanwhile approaches the fragility and temporality of paper in a different way, making intricate constructions only to tear them down after taking his picture.

We feature selected images by Christopher Anderson and furthermore address bodies of work made by various portrait photographers who, all in their own unique way, either depicted complete strangers or who followed their friends closely for a long period of time. Saul Leiter’s incredibly intimate portraits of the women he was close with during his lifetime is absolutely one of the highlights.

The Editorial Team

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