Fresh off the press and new at Carte Blanche is the summer issue of FOAM International Photography Magazine- #31 ref.
The Summer issue of Foam Magazine reflects deeply on relationships between photography and reference. Ref. deals with the engaged appropriation of a particular style, author or event and with the deconstruction, manipulation and demystification of existing visual icons and clichés. We look into portfolios that dig into, and play with our feelings of déjà-vu by bringing pre-existing images to life. Firing the synapses in our brains causes surprising visual and mental connections that create a multilayered, reverberating body of work.
Ref. presents eight portfolios which refer each in their own way to other photos, a specific visual style or language, or to stereotypical visual elements that we recognize from other photographic genres. They are all portfolios that recognize that nothing exists in splendid isolation.