In an age of deep fakes and post truths, how do we distinguish what is real or manufactured? Can our identities be altered irrevocably through new editing software? What role does public perception play towards our sense of self? Have pseudo-dependent social media platforms like Snapchat changed how we recognise ourselves? All of these questions are evoked in the works of Alma Haser (b. 1989). The German artist has become well known for producing complex and meticulously constructed portraiture, influenced by a background in fine art. Expanding the dimensions of traditional photography, Haser uses inventive paper-folding techniques, collage and mixed media, blurring the distinctions between two-dimensional and three-dimensional imagery. Haser’s various accolades include being shortlisted for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize and winning the PDN Photo Annual Award in 2016. Recent exhibitions include Saatchi Gallery’s From Selfie to Self-Expression. haser.org.
Cutting and Pasting
Saudi artist Ahmed Mater (b.1979) has spent the last ten years photographing this surge in size of Mecca, currently on display at Brooklyn Museum.
Redefining Visual Culture
In recent years, photography has become the most accessible and affordable art form. With this in mind, photographers must drive the medium forward.