STARTING WITH A PHOTOGRAPH -- SAATCHI ONLINE PHOTOGRAPHERS Michael Hoppen Gallery, SW3 *****
CAPTIVATING and satisfying though it is to view photographs online, the experience is limited in comparison with being in the presence of the physical object. And in this first collaboration between Saatchi's virtual gallery and Hoppen's traditional one, we are offered images transformed almost alchemically.
The six emerging photographers chosen from Saatchi's vast collection to fit the theme share a fascination with changing a photograph's identity, composition or narrative. Starting with a found, forgotten or newly made print, a slide or Polaroid, the object undergoes radical change through chemical processes, scratching or repeated over-printing.
For Maurizio Anzeri, faded Italian family snaps are reinvented by embroidering skeins of coloured thread in geometric shapes over faces and bodies. The disguise adds a 3-D effect, beautifully surreal, with a single eye peering out from the gilded cages.
Playing with memories held in a photographic image, creating new or even false ones, changing narratives and re-shooting, are common practices. …