Il punctum di Londra nelle immagini di Idris Khan

Per la prima volta dopo tanti anni, la rivista domenicale del New York Times si presenta in edicola come “numero fotografico” dedicato a Londra, città olimpica del 2012.
Kathy Ryan, direttrice della fotografia del magazine, ha assegnato il lavoro di rappresentare Londra a cinque fotografi basati nella capitale britannica: Stephen Gill, Nadav Kander, Chris Levine, Gareth McConnell e Mark Neville.

Postcards from London // slide show su Lens – New York Times

Ma in copertina (e online) c’è il lavoro di un altro fotografo: Idris Khan.
Citando Barthes, l’artista spiega il suo lavoro:

“To make a single photograph,” says the artist Idris Khan, “I use a lot of found imagery. A lot of photographs (the Houses of Parliament, Tower Bridge, St. Paul’s) were from the 1930s onward. I looked at a lot of stock photography as well, and went to all the horrible tourist shops in London to get every postcard I could find.

“I used 70 to 100 images for each picture. I wouldn’t necessarily take the whole image, but fragments of images, and bring them together on the computer. I would try to choose something that really stands out in the photograph. Roland Barthes called it the punctum.

“What I quite like about the whole process is that these landmarks are photographed a million times a day, but you can create more than just a document — a feeling of stretched time. I try to capture the essence of the building — something that’s been permanently imprinted in someone’s mind, like a memory.”

The Houses of Parliament, London, 2012 - Photo Illustration ©Idris Khan

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