Zoltán Jókay  Growing Up

 

Fragments of a biographical novel

“Taking pictures is working at a broken mirror,
 working on an image of oneself in the image of another.
 Photography is a language, a tool used to come to grips with one’s own biography,
to understand it, and to protect oneself against it.
 There is nothing cool or distanced about these pictures, 
and although that may seem somewhat anachronistic,
 it may well explain their unique appeal.
 For they are always concerned with intimacy, closeness,
being touched in both a literal and a figurative sense.
 Yet although they are within sight of the boundary to voyeurism,
 they never actually cross it.”

excerpt from an essay by Inka Schube,
curator at the Sprengel Museum Hannover

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