Fact and Fiction in Photography

For my projects I find the stories within the everyday life of ordinary people. But when it comes to transmitting a story I become a ‘fast-food seller’. I know that photographs can ‘talk’, but I’m not sure that most people can ‘listen’. Everyone likes looking at pictures but some of them are hardly understandable for the majority of us. And that’s why I prefer telling the real stories through the prism of my seeing and understanding of them. So the corelation between the fact and fiction is still an issue for me. Now every time when I’m starting to doubt my approach, I remember Françoise Bornet’s words commenting on Robert Doisneau’s The Kiss by the Hôtel de Ville – “The photo was posed, but the kiss was real.”

So here are some photographers that mix facts and fiction in their works. In each case the proportion between these two concepts and the way of using them to tell a story differs. But every joke has a bit of truth.








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