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Moments of writing – Camera Obscura 2010

In 2004 I decided to make a series of portraits of writers. I wanted especially to photograph the work of writing itself, so I chose to make the photographs with a pinhole (camera obscura).
I made a tiny hole in a box, so small that an exposure time of about half an hour is required. I placed that box on the writing table of some hundred authors. I asked them to simply carry on working, left them alone with the box and came back twenty-five to thirty minutes later.
The photograph became a kind of film report, compacted into one image, in which the writer appears like a timeless ghost.

Published by Lannoo

ISBN 9789020994544

Text by Bernard Dewulf and Ulrike Draesner
Hardcover 96pages – 245 x 340mm
designed by Casier/Fieuws