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不应讨论摄影作为艺术是如何，而应讨论艺术作为摄影形式是如何 —— “摄影小史” 瓦尔特 本雅明
„Instead of discussing photography as Art, we should discuss Art as photography - „Kleine Geschichte der Fotographie“, Walter Benjamin
The sentence above by Walter Benjamin in 1931 is a prophecy and footnote for the Düsseldorf school of photography. Since Bernd and Hilla Becher, their students, Düsseldorf School has ceaselessly explore „Art as Photography“. This includes the definition of the size of photographic works, renew the conception of photographic works themselves. They consistently broke through the scale and size in Bresson era, where photography is bound into picture album. They practiced large-scale or even huge size of works, which maintains the distance between exhibition works and the album.
However, this album book in front of me, about huge size works, aroused my bigger interest: These photographic works took „grand“ subjects on the „immense“ scales. But this replicas represented those huge sized works on a handy size album, so that I can hold the album on my hands. It is the way I approach those original immense subjects. Now this album itself has become the object of my work.
When I gaze these „magnificent“ objects such as churches, stars, the Pantheon, garden, etc, my thoughts however enters into the dust of the „tiny“ objects, such as broken glass, ore, tourists throwing trash and a feather of Pantheont, and so on. These tiny objects may or may not be relevant with those huge themes. It doesn’t matter. I just put the tiny things onto the album, and look for new generating things by scanning, juxtaposed, overlapped, joint…
From the microcosmic to see the enormous, this is my successor to „Mustard seed“ in my series of Stone of Damocles. It continue my Eastern feeling.