Other I @ Hotshoe Gallery

Image: Vivian Sassen

Exhibition: October 12 – November 27, 2011

Faced with legitimate criticism during the latter half of the twentieth century, photography shifted from a medium often used to explore, explain and express the foreign and unfamiliar, to one used to examine, reveal and define oneself. In 1984, Andy Grundberg noted such a shift starting to occur specifically within documentary practice, “…towards recording the ‘I’ instead of the ‘Other’, centering itself on what the photographer’s life is rather than on what it is not…”. This exhibition features several prominent contemporary practitioners who are cleverly redressing this balance by merging direct encounters with the “Other” into forms of self-exploration, self-revelation and subtle autobiography, equally emphasizing what is in front of the camera – the “Other” – and what is behind it – the “I”.

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