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Click DoubleclickReview - Click Doubleclick
The Documentary Factor
by Thomas Weski (Editor)
Walther Konig, 2006
Review by Christian Perring
Jan 8th 2008 (Volume 12, Issue 2)

Click Doubleclick is a large format photography book featuring artists whose work is inspired by the genre of documentary.  It includes Judith Joy Ross, Alec Soth, Larry Sultan, Reneke Dijkstra, Tina Barney, Taryn Simon, Hans van der Meer, Martin Parr, Stephen Gill, Patrick Faigenbaum, Dirk Braeckman, Thomas Struth, David Claerbout, Paul Graham, Laurenz Berges, Wolfgang Tillmans, Juergen Teller, Luc Delahaye, Jules Spinatsch, Jeff Wall, Andreas Gursky, Scott McFarland, Thomas Ruff, and Heidi Specker.  It also has essays by Jean-Francois Chevrier, Johan de Vos, and Thomas Weski.

Weski's introduction to the book contains a paragraph on each photographer, and will be helpful to those who want to know the basic details about them.  The papers by Chevrier and de Vos are far more abstract and obscure.  Chevrier argues for the importance of the concept of "tableau," while de Vos provides a series of 37 remarks on photography.  While some with an interest in photography theory may find these latter two essays interesting, most readers will skip them. 

On reflection, and after browsing through the book, it will becomes clear that there is little that these different photographs have in common.  Some depict current events, some are posed, some are portraits, some are landscapes, some show people caught in everyday activities, and some are almost entirely abstract.  At best, we might say the collection provides the reader the opportunity to reflect on the wide variety of ways in which the concept of documentary can be exemplified in photography. 

Nevertheless, it is a striking set of photographs.  The book has high quality construction and printing, and all the works are interesting.  It's an excellent introduction to some of the best work in modern art photography,

 

© 2007 Christian Perring

 

 

Christian Perring, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Dowling College, New York.

 


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