When reality overtakes photoshop

George Rousse. From the series “architectures virtuelles”, 2016.

 

 

This piece by George Rousse is a fascinating optical illusion where the artist has intervened in the space looking for the right perspective to form the image. This French creator, who initially worked as a doctor, is a photographer that at a certain moment wanted to turn around his career. He entered into this discipline by specialising in architectural photography, and he reached to open a studio devoted to this kind of work. The next step was to create himself the image taken, with colourist designs and a perspectives game. Here, the point of view changes everything.

 

 

Igor Podgorny

 

 

 

Igor Podgorny is a freelance photographer from Moscow, though he educated as a geologist and, besides, he works as the efficient energy project manager of Greenpeace in Moscow. He counts on an incredible bank of images available at platforms like Shutterstock or Flickr, many of them taken in natural environments. This surprising photograph shows the effect of fire on an electric post that is still hanging from the wiring, suspended over a field completely devastated by the fire. It is hard to believe that this is not a set up.

 

 

 

Ilya Pitalev

 

 

 

The famous idiom “an image worths more than a thousand words” perfectly fits with this photograph by Ilya Pitalev. This photojournalist from Moscow focused his recent work on portraying the social everyday life of North Korea, in a place where many times reality overpasses fiction. This image was taken during one of the military parades that the Government of Kim Jong-un periodically organises.

 

 

 

ChazDoge

 

 

 

The image enclosed in millions of water drops of an aeroplane while landing is delicate and beautiful. Colours create a hard contrast that outlines the aircraft silhouette and make it even more visible. The author of this image hides behind the mysterious name of Chaz Doge. Among the explanations that circulate on the net regarding this photograph, many people comment the chemical effect of acid rain to achieve this resu

 

 

 

Hotel Sun Cruise Resort & Yacht, Jeongdongjin.

 

 

 

Finally, we bring this image that seems the scene of a sinking where a transatlantic had gotten stranded after water being emptied. But nothing further from reality. It is indeed a luxury hotel located in Jeongdongjin, in South Korea, that offers vertiginous sights of the cliff, though of a dubious aesthetic choice.

 

The CEART opens this Thursday, November 14th in the room A an exhibition dedicated to this master of photography, which will be open to the public until February 9th. The show includes one of the artist's latest projects, focused on the hard work carried out by the miners of Serra Pelada, an open gold mine in the heart of Brazil where employees daily risked their lives.

Immigration, poverty, marginal life, slave labour, man's relationship with the land, the use of natural resources... are issues that have always fascinated Salgado. From the beginning of his career as a photographer, his work has opted to give visibility to the most disadvantaged groups and to create with his images a vivid and impressive visual story without fakes. With a raw black and white, this author's work transits between photo-reportage and naturalistic photography.

And the idea that permeates all his work is human dignity. Salgado portrays employees, miners and gatherers from a purely humanistic approach that wants to value their integrity, their strength and their resilience.

“If you photograph a human, so that he is not represented in a noble way, there is no reason to take the picture. That is my way of seeing things.”

Salgado entered this discipline long after completing his studies in economics between Brazil and the United States, and a doctorate in statistics in France. But in 1973 his life took a turn, and he decided to start his career as a photographer. He achieved to work at the Gamma Agency and Magnum Photos for more than 15 years until in 1994 he founded his own agency “Amazonas Imagen”.

With the “Gold” project, the photographer portrays a harsh reality that takes place in the Serra Pelada mine, a name given to a totally devastated and anarchically excavated mining enclave, the world's largest open-pit gold mine, through which more than 50,000 people have passed. In the heat of the legends about the mysterious “El Dorado”, the enthusiasm for this precious metal led to the development of strenuous exploitation practices for the workers and to originate tales of grief and glory, of human victory and defeat between the soil, the tunnels and the cargo baskets.

The CEART exhibition brings together Salgado's full portfolio in his characteristical black and white and large-format photographs that leave no one indifferent.