Antoine d’Agata: Until the World No Longer Exists

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Antoine d’Agata …. so, I read that interview with d’Agata in the Gomma magazine (issue 2, which also features Daido Moriyama) where Antoine says … I don’t believe in photography as art or a job or anything. I think of photography as a language and I think a language should be used to speak, to say what you have to say. So the only things I have to say about my life and what I know about the world, is the way I see it. So, it’s not about photography … I think people should just use photography to say things and not just photography for the sake of photography … the world is full of talented photographers. The problem is just so many of them just don’t know what to say, they think life is one thing and photography is another but they don’t realise that photography is just a way to reflect what you are.

And I thought, yes. It can’t be any other way. If I have nothing to say I shoot nothing. I was getting really close to the Truth.

But then, in 2006, d’Agata wrote an introduction for the Foto Freo biennial festival where he calls photographs a lie and says that, the only photographs that truly exist are the « innocent » images. We find them in the family photo albums or in the police archives …. and he adds further down …. What interests me today in an image? The perspective that has justified the act of photography, the interference of the experience, of the ongoing scene, the texture, the material, the meaning of the self-portrait, of the individual, the incoherence of the unfolding sequence, the maniacal reconstruction of the random experience – the photographs, like words, are meaningless when isolated…

i’m a bit confused those days.

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(c) nyc_slacker 2005

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