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
Visa pour L’image: International Festival of Photojournalism, Perpignan, France
The international festival of photojournalism, Perpignan, returns in 2016 with works from all over the world presented in a myriad of awe-inspiring exhibitions across the city.
A Moment of Contemplation
Gal Shahar is an Israeli photographer who looks at image-making as a form of literature – considering the stories which play out in our daily routines.