Das zweite Gesicht: Metamorphosen des fotografischen Porträts

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Prestel, 2002 - Photography - 174 pages
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The human face has fascinated photographers and their audiences ever since the medium's inception in the 19th century. And just as photography has changed since its invention, so has the way in which the human face is portrayed. Using the work of photography's great pioneers to its contemporary innovators, this book traces the stunning technical possibilities of camera and film.

As subject matter, the human face is continually manipulated through amazingly diverse aesthetic strategies -- playful, imaginative, provocative and even subversive. Here nine brilliant essays focus on the many techniques of rendering the photographic portrait such as photocollage, multiple exposures, digitalization, and animation. The book includes nearly 150 images ranging from Francis Galton's composite pictures from the 1880s, pictorialism at the turn of the century, experiments by the avant-garde and subjective photography of the post-war years to today's synthesized photographs and interactive sculptures. The bookarranges the photographs into five thematic sections, revealing how the act of reinventing the classic image of the human face compels us to reexamine our relationships with others and with life itself.

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Witzgall studied art history, art education and psychology and is currently Curator at the Deutches Museum in Munich.

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