KATE COOPER: PER-FAKE-CT

Remember looking at your parents’ photo album and witnessing all those spontaneous moments of fun; you could tell the story behind the image, you could feel the reality beyond them. Well. Forget those happy, rose tinted times. Spontaneity has gone on holidays and we don’t know if it’s coming back. You are not so sure anymore whether a photo is the exact portrait of what you’re looking at, or if it’s been retouched to make ‘reality’ look better. More… rose.

Kate Cooper was really interested in this idea of how digital photography can make images become hyperreal; she believes that the picture is no longer a representation of the object itself but performs another function. In her video Rigged, we see a billboard size woman in high-definition, changing from reality to a pore-less and hairless body, smoothed of all error. According to Cooper, the digital images of our person are becoming our body doubles, used as a camouflage, a technique of survival. There’s little doubt about how our albums will look in the future; we just need to have a look at Rigged.

kate cooper photo hiper realism photoshop

kate cooper photo hiper realism photoshop

kate cooper photo hiper realism photoshop

kate cooper photo hiper realism photoshop

kate cooper photo hiper realism photoshop

JUERGEN TELLER SAYS… Woo!

Two Vivian Westwood nudes plus a photo of Nirvana, contrasted with a cute little kitten. Who is the author? Of course, because it is La Monda! We are speaking of Juergen Teller, the magnificent fashion photographer who is noted for, among other things, his Marc Jacobs campaigns, Puma or Helmut Newton, or even his personal work. Capable of playing with octopuses, with the juxtaposition of dumps and the most fashionable models of the moment, with corporal explorations or even with autobiographical images… All of this and much more are examples of the work of the magnificent artist. This German is sure to shock you! Where? At the ICA in London. Therefore, ladies and gentleman, come by and see.