# 13

october 2017

Lar paulistano, Marcos Freire & Cassiano Elek Machado

Busca o meu rosto, Paz Errázuriz & Rosane Pavam

A voz do corpo mudo, Viviane Sassen & Dijaimilia Pereira de Almeida

Duas visões de uma infâmia, Dorothea Lange & Ansel Adams & Dorrit Harazim

[entrevista] Compreender por meio da fotografia, Georges Didi-Huberman & Arno Gisinger

O construtor de paradoxos, León Ferrari & Paulo Sérgio Duarte

Revolução urbana, Takuma Nakahira & Duncan Forbes

William Klein (1967), William Klein & Takuma Nakahira

Cenas de um crime, Alphonse Bertillon & Luce Lebart

Edifício Holiday, Walter Carvalho & José Luiz Passos

 

Editor's note

Hold it. Touch it. Browse it. Against bodily shyness and shame, the Dutch photographer Viviane Sassen shows us, in her deeply symbolic portraits of people, motherhood and the pride of being Afro-descendant. Three decades earlier, Paz Errázuriz went to the brothels of the Chilean dictatorship to protect the transsexuals who kept their dignity while living a life in the shadows. “Minorities are the majority,” she said with undeniable empathy. Freedom carved in suff ering is the topic of the article by Dorrit Harazim, who compares Dorothea Lange’s and Ansel Adams’ visions of the Second World War decree which interned Japanese-Americans purely because of their origin and appearance. At the beginning of the 20th century, the French criminologist Alphonse Bertillon also used appearance to give the police a new tool – proof that photography can be used in ways not only unique but also suspicious.

In an exclusive interview, the French philosopher Georges Didi-Huberman talks of image as an act of creation and resistance, and reveals to be an occasional photographer. Word and images are used in the explosive synthesis by the Argentinian artist León Ferrari, who juxtaposes the Bible with Chinese, Christian and journalistic iconography. The Japanese photographer Takuma Nakahira revealed the body of cities and fought against the modernist idealism that submitted the world to the vision of the artist. His radical work, shown at the Paris Biennale in 1971, vibrates with the same restlessness as that of his master William Klein, honored by Nakahira in a powerful essay. The photographer and real estate appraiser Marcos Freire is in tune with São Paulo and shows us its homes and the recent social transformations in Brazil. With a sharp critical eye, fi lmmaker Walter Carvalho exposes the issues involved in collective housing, in a mixture of disenchantment and utopia, stitched tightly together by the Pernambuco writer José Luiz Passos. The photograph is our involuntary mirror.

 

# 12

april 2017

Cabeças esculpidas, J. D.’Okhai Ojeikere & André Magnin

Missão francesa, André Penteado & Thyago Nogueira

Volta ao mundo, Ed van der Elsken & Hripsimé Visser

[entrevista] A luta do cinema indígena, Vincent Carelli & Ana Carvalho & Fabiana Moraes

Se fôssemos assim, Titus Riedl & Maria Angélica Melendi

Entre o banal e o mito, Robert Lebeck & Lorenzo Mammì

Verdadeiro ou falso, Mauricio Puls

Vida e morte de @ex_miss_febem, Aleta Valente & Ivana Bentes

Estrela da noite, Vania Toledo & Silas Martí

“Marcas da indiferença”: aspectos da fotografia na, ou como, arte conceitual (1995), Jeff Wall

 

Editor's note

Since the Big Bang of the 19th century, the universe of photography has continued to expand. Cell phones have swallowed cameras, cameras have devoured video cameras, and a visual torrent has overwhelmed the feeds. In this edition, photography is dissected to expose its association with other disciplines and to map a world in dire need of research and reflection. This is what the skull on the cover suggests, an ironic flaking portrait, done by André Penteado in his research on the French Mission that arrived in Brazil in 1816. Like an archaeologist, the photographer has collected visual pieces to enrich our understanding of the puzzle that is the history of Brazil – a topic also faced with refinement by essayist Mauricio Puls when he discusses the meaning of true and false in our press photography. The Nigerian photographer J. D.’Okhai Ojeikere has united anthropology and typology in his study of hairstyles, exposing the roots of an ephemeral cultural tradition.

In addition to being beautiful photographic objects, painted photographic portraits tell the intimate story of an aspect of popular photography that still needs to be researched. The selfies of @ex_miss_febem show without constraints the self-exposure and exhibitionism of the 21st century to discuss the visual exploitation of the female body. The language of amateurism reappears in a historical text by the artist Jeff Wall on the fundamental aesthetics of art photography. The subject of a memorable retrospective, Ed van der Elsken shows a foreigner eye on his film and photography, in books and projections, while Vania Toledo looks into the nocturnal creatures of her archive. Finally, the workshops of Vídeo nas Aldeias are an original and successful example of the democratization of the image. We have gained a brave new world.

 

# 11

october 2016

One for All, Zanele Muholi & Bronwyn Law-Viljoen

Limbo, Arthur Omar & Adolfo Montejo Navas

Selfie Dance, Joan Fontcuberta & Martin Parr

[interview] A Surrealist in Brazil, Fernando Lemos & Rubens Fernandes Junior

Mapping Memory, Gerhard Richter & Joerg Bader

The City of the Unseen, José Domingo Laso & François Laso

Memento, Coletivo Trëma

Cabinet of Curiosities, Mario Ramiro

Why it's Important, Thomas Hirschhorn & Tobi Maier

Editor's note

THIS ISSUE MARKS THE FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF ZUM, a biannual publication which offers a carefully selected and wide-ranging vision of Brazilian and international visual production. As conservative winds sweep through various regions of the planet, ZUM is committed to offering its readers images on themes that are both relevant and urgent. For more than ten years, Zanele Muholi has confirmed the power of portraits in her series Faces and Phases, in which hundreds of black lesbian and transgender individuals confront violence, prejudice and social patterns. Other conflicts are discussed on the edition: in the series that Arthur Omar did for ZUM with superimposed images of his trip to Afghanistan in 2002, shortly after it was invaded by the United States; in the political work of the German artist Gerhard Richter, concerned with the clash between photography and painting; in the ethnic cleansing in Ecuador a hundred years ago, suggested by the images of Ecuadorian José Domingo Laso; and in the shocking collages of Thomas Hirschhorn, constructed from scenes of explicit violence which, according to the artist, are intended to shake the spectator from lethargy.

Social issues are also central to the work of the collective Trëma, which won the ZUM/IMS Photography Grant in 2015. Trëma travelled to Congo and to Colombia to photograph the memories of two immigrants who arrived in Brazil last year, using the accounts given here as the basis for the pictures. To ensure an atmosphere of celebration, ZUM pays homage to the brilliant Fernando Lemos, who looks back on his career and discusses the principles of his artistic practice by means of the photographs he took in Portugal between 1945 and 1952, some of them hitherto unpublished. In a penetrating analysis of the selfie, the Catalan Joan Fontcuberta shows how photography is ceasing to be a means of preserving memory, to become instead a means of communication. This issue opens with eight historical xerographic narratives from Mario Ramiro. The artist and professor features again in the magazine, with a fragment of his doctoral thesis, which examines the spirit photography produced in Brazil and explores the relationship between photography and truth, science and religion. When we talk about images, not everything is what it seems.

 

# 10

april 2016

New-Andean Architecture, Tatewaki Nio & Nelson Brissac Peixoto

Scarifications, Odires Mlászho & Jorge Coli 

A Certain Malaise, Lars Tunbjörk & Christian Caujolle

The Experiments of José Oiticica Filho, José Oiticica Filho & Andreas Valentin 

Theatre of the Absurd, Boris Mikhailov & Francesco Zanot

[interview] The Brown Sisters, Nicholas Nixon & Sarah Meister

Motoboy Channel, Antoni Abad & Daigo Oliva

Astonishing New World, Michael Wesely & Guilherme Wisnik

A Matter of Skin, Lorna Roth

War is Beautiful, David Shields & Dorrit Harazim

Editor's note

TO CELEBRATE its tenth edition, ZUM presents both new and historical photo essays, in addition to texts written especially for the magazine. In an outstanding example of historical review, Professor Andreas Valentin revisits the work of José Oiticica Filho, who joined his scientific and artistic knowledge to challenge the experiment between reality and photography. Tatewaki Nio, author of the cover photo of this edition, crossed the border with Brazil to photograph Bolivia’s amazing new architecture, with buildings that at times resemble jukeboxes created with Photoshop. Three features make a powerful contribution to our reflections on the circulation of the image. In two different series, Odires Mlászho scratches the reverse side of photographs published in newspapers and transforms pictures from books into serpentine, in an obsessive search to understand how images are modified when their form, context and ink are extracted from them. Dorrit Harazim, a frequent contributor to ZUM, reviews David Shields’ polemical book, which challenges the impartiality of visual coverage of war by The New York Times – a careful reflection, which deserved to be extended to the Brazilian press.

The Canadian professor Lorna Roth questions the neutrality of photographic technology in bringing to light the history of Shirley cards, used since the 1940s to standardise the skin tones in photos. The article on Motoboy Channel, a kind of image-based social network replicated in several places round the world, discusses how digital tools can strengthen the identity of a group. This edition of ZUM also includes Nicholas Nixon’s complete series of portraits that reflect on the passage of time in the lives of four women; the condensed time in Michael Wesely’s images of the rebuilding of the Potsdamer Platz in Berlin; the incendiary production of Ukrainian Boris Mikhailov, who exposed the social and political conflicts in his country; and the uncanny, technicolour humour of Swede Lars Tunbjörk, who died in 2015 at the peak of his career. Enjoy the issue.

 

# 9

october 2015

George Love's Flight, George Love & Douglas Canjani

Solitary Bird, Graciela Iturbide & Dorrit Harazim

Celso Garcia Avenue, Lucia Mindlin Loeb & Mauricio Puls

Under Control, David Levi Strauss

Graven Images, Saul Bellow

Ai Weiwei, No Filter, Ai Weiwei & Urs Stahel

On Photography, Ai Weiwei

Works and Days, Eduardo Viveiros de Castro & Miguel Rio Branco

[interview] Lucien Hervé's Invention, Lucien Hervé & Hans Ulrich Obrist

Verifications, 1971-72, Ugo Mulas & Giuliano Sergio

Editor's note

ON THE 20th anniversary of the death of George Love, the American photographer who lived in Brazil between 1960 and 1980, ZUM publishes some of his portraits and landscapes, which contrast the frenetic stress of cities with paradisiac, apocalyptic visions. In a less exalted vein, Graciela Iturbide, the grande dame of Mexican photography, shows us women who appear to be monuments carved out of stone. In a revealing interview, Lucien Hervé, who died in 2007, recalls his career and reminds us that good photography is built up from bricks of ideas. Lucia Mindlin Loeb’s fascination with cities is a constant thread running through her photographic survey. Her uninhabited streets, photographed ten years apart, are a perfect counterpoint to the gregarious life of the Araweté people, informally photographed in the 1980s by anthropologist Eduardo Viveiros de Castro.

In these days of bits and bytes, ZUM looks back at the historical photographic experiments conceived by the Italian Ugo Mulas to show how the supposed impartiality of the image can serve the most ambiguous purposes. From Mulas to Saul Bellow, distrust dominates this edition – the feeling is also shared by Professor David Levi Strauss, who analyzes the political meaning of some famous cases of photographic manipulation. Political boldness is part and parcel of the images shot by Ai Weiwei’s visual machine gun, who took aim at the Chinese government and hit the mark in our remarkable world of images.

 

# 8

april 2015

Everyday Rapture, Rinko Kawauchi & David Chandler

The Art of Correcting Reality, Regina Silveira & Teixeira Coelho

[interview] An After-Hours Artist, Nan Goldin & Philip Larratt-Smith

The Many Lives of Lee Miller, Lee Miller & Dorrit Harazim

Lewis Baltz's Constructions, Lewis Baltz & Sandra S. Phillips

Out on the Field, Eustáquio Neves & Moacir dos Anjos

Why Photobooks Are Important, Gerry Badger

Passenger of Luz, A. C. d'Ávila & Pedro Afonso Vasquez

[reticle - book review] A Man of Contradictions, Sebastião Salgado, Francisco Quinteiro Pires & Rodrigo Naves

Editor's note

FEW ARTISTIC MEDIUMS are as diverse as photography. And diversity is not lacking in this edition of ZUM. From a reign of gentleness comes Rinko Kawauchi, with photographic pearls that add to the aesthetic sensibility that marks Japanese photography. Challenging the limits of an image, artist Regina Silveira constructs three-dimensional spaces in two distinct series and shows how her recent work is founded upon a previous photographic practice, with her collections of postcards – two series of which are reproduced here on their natural scale – and her Enigmas series, which combines the photo of an object and a shadow printed as a photogram. Both Rinko and Regina publish their work and produce books, an increasing wave in contemporary art. Gerry Badger guides us through this flood of production, revisiting the books he considers most important to the history of photography.

Dorrit Harazim tells the story of photographer Lee Miller, her fascinating work and intrepid life. American Nan Goldin is no less courageous as she discuss censorship and shows how her work is a perfect expression of her life. Highly popular with the general public but less so with critics, the new adventures of Sebastião Salgado are analysed from different perspectives. ZUM pays a posthumous tribute to Lewis Baltz and A. C. D’Ávila, who both made valuable contributions to the art in the 20th century. And while the infamous 7 – 1 soccer score becomes a symbol of the difficult times Brazil is passing through, Eustáquio Neves teaches us to question art and whatever else offers a crystal clear vision.

 

 

# 7

october 2014

On the Road, Daido Moriyama

Assis Horta's Single Shot, Assis Horta & Dorrit Harazim

What Country is This?, Alex Majoli, André Vieira, Bárbara Wagner, Breno Rotatori, David Alan Harvey, Garapa, Jonas Bendiksen, Mídia Ninja, Pio Figueiroa, Susan Meiselas, por Laura Capriglione

A Battle of Images: Fact and Fiction in the First World War, Hilary Roberts

Where Did the Slave Quarters Go?, Mauricio Lissovsky

The Photograph as Post-Industrial Object (1985), Vilém Flusser & Márcio Seligmann-Silva & Mario Santamaría 

Editor's note

THE HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY has many gaps. For every well-known photographer, there are many others to be discovered and acknowledged. This is the case with Assis Horta, dug up from the photographic mines in the city of Diamantina. The perfection in his work, his vast production and the fact that his photos have been preserved for decades make sure this 96-year-old from Minas Gerais state holds a position of honour in the Brazilian photography and social history encyclopaedias.

In the last 100 years, war photography has questioned image manipulation, helping define criteria that are, to this day, subject to heated debate. In an article commissioned for the centenary of the First World War, the historian Hilary Roberts shows how the idea of photographic truth was shaped during the conflict, in the discussion of the ethical principles of journalism, technical advances and the demands of those who risked their lives on the front lines.

In the last edition of ZUM, Fred Ritchin, photography professor at the University of New York, criticized the traditional view of photojournalism and encouraged photographers and editors to venture into new paths. The Offside project, organized by the Magnum Agency during Brazilian World Cup, is a first step. In June and July this year, while spectators and journalists had their eyes on the pitch, eight photographers and two collectives got together to tell a story parallel to the event. From urban haikus to daily theatricality, passing by social and religious types, the photographers defined their work agenda and wandered the country to produce the special material seen in this edition.

Very few photographers have embraced the “on the road” spirit as much as the Japanese master Daido Moriyama. Known for his unorthodox techniques, such as shooting without looking through the viewfinder or editing books using photocopiers, Daido compares the adventure of hitting the road to the experience of reading dozens of books, in one of the most beautiful reflections of his career.

For almost 30 years, the philosopher Vilém Flusser suggested that electromagnetic photography would be the cutting edge trigger of a cultural revolution. Free from its material support, the image would circulate and allow democracy to spread its wings. Utopic and premonitory, Flusser did not imagine the course our digital life would take, but defended a critical analysis of images as a precious tool to understand what goes on around us. Not only is this the vision that defines ZUM but it is also the backbone of Mauricio Lissovsky’s essay, where he discusses how the cover photo of a book can reflect a social transformation of dramatic and profound consequences.

 

# 6

april 2014

Seeing With Free Eyes, Alair Gomes & Frederico Coelho

The Adventure of a Photographer, Dayanita Singh

Studio Malick, Malick Sidibé & Dorrit Harazim

Borrowed Dogs, Richard Avedon

At HomeRaul Garcez & Antonio Risério

The Park, Rineke Dijkstra & Cees Nooteboom

Futuro do pretérito [composto], Rubens Mano & Sérgio Bruno Martins

Eternity Round the Corner, David Perlov & Ilana Feldman

Photojournalism in Crisis?, Fred Ritchin, Francisco Quinteiro Pires & Mídia Ninja

The Political Image, Antonio Manuel & Luiz Camillo Osorio

Pietà, The Moral Drama of W. Eugene Smith, W. Eugene Smith & John Berger

[insert] The No-Story of a Driver & Critical and Candid Reflections on Photography [1976], Alair Gomes

Editor's note

ART CRITICS AND ARTISTS have been discussing what is unique about photography’s artistry since it was invented. In 1976 Alair Gomes, prolific photographer and compulsive writer, decided to contribute with the debate, unravelling his arguments in “Critical and candid reflections on photography.” After nearly 40 years, the rigour and originality of his thinking are still influential. Photography’s trump card, Alair says, is the medium’s ability to work with a large number of images – and so create narrative sequences. It is this reasoning that illuminates his work, as can be seen in the photographs and in the text hidden away in his files which are, according to the National Library of Rio de Janeiro, as yet unpublished.

Narrative cohesion and critical reflection on photographic language have always been of interest to ZUM. At the invitation of the magazine, the Indian photographer Dayanita Singh retraces her career in an essay that weaves together text and image, fact and fiction. Rubens Mano’s new work presents a collection of 60 stills taken from his videos of Brasília – his unblinking view of the city balances concrete and improvisation, ruin and construction. Raul Garcez’s affectionate and equally melancholic gaze roams over the first public housing development in São Paulo, constructed in the 1950s.

An antidote to these times of irrelevant selfies, vibrant portraits fill the pages of this edition. In a humorous and confessional piece, Richard Avedon challenges the naturalness of the pose by declaring the artificialness of his family albums and his admiration for the drawings of Egon Schiele. Dutch photographer Rineke Dijkstra may have heard Avedon’s advice: with a painter’s eye, she contemplates the discomfort of children and young people invited to pose – sometimes for long periods – in the lush greenery of parkland. Soon to turn 80, Malick Sidibé has immortalized Mali society’s enthusiasm for fashion and popular culture fads during the post-independence period.

Photography slowly reveals its political sensibilities. While David Perlov reflects on the private and the public in his films, Antonio Manuel’s interventions on newspaper articles and photographs strengthen his artistic voice. Re-affirming his position as one of the most important thinkers on photojournalism, Fred Ritchin discusses the future of the profession and the inadequacy of the term “digital photography” when we are to describe what comes next. Ritchin’s thoughts on this are well illustrated by the press collective Mídia Ninja in their coverage of some of the most immediate issues that have affected Brazil and the world. Is there a pixel at the end of the tunnel? Or is it that, as Alair used to provoke, photography has yet to become fully conscious of itself?

 

# 5

october 2013

Memories of New York, Mario Cravo Neto & Jonas Lopes

Pablo Escobar - The Album, James Mollison & Paulo Werneck

The Last Trip, Chris Marker & Eduardo Escorel

Between Heaven and Hell, Alberto García-Alix & Cassiano Elek Machado

The Adventure of Looking, Sergio Larrain

A Life in Colour, Raymond Depardon & Hélène Kelmachter

The King's Two Bodies, Lütfi Özkök & Pierre Michon

Chinese Silver, Beijing Silvermine & Joan Fontcuberta

The Creatures, Sofia Borges & Felipe Scovino

War Primer Redux, Adam Broomberg e Oliver Chanarin & Julian Stallabrass

[poster] Free Fare, Cia de Foto & Eugênio Bucci

Editor's note

IN JUNE THIS YEAR, the Movimento Passe Livre (Free Fare Movement) called for marches in São Paulo to protest against the rise in public transport fares. The violent police repression together with the general dissatisfaction in the population drove millions of people to the streets in hundreds of the country’s towns. The protests persist until this day.

How can a biannual magazine dedicated to photography contribute to this political debate? One answer is in the most recent essay of Cia de Foto collective, published as a poster. Without the focus on the riots or police violence that inundated the media, these images shed light on group and individual participation in defense of democratic ideals. This reflection is made even more relevant because it comes from photographers who, in the beginning of the 2000’s, heated up the debate about authorship by signing images with the collective’s name, and not with their individual ones.

Politics and democracy permeate this edition. Chris Marker, who died in 2012, experiments with low resolution images taken in the Paris metro. His obsession with the female face is also an involuntary portrait of the immigrant batallions which clog the city’s arteries. No less engaged, Raymond Depardon settles his score with colour photography by reviewing his career of travels and conflicts in a text in which history blinks its eyes in every street corner. Told through archive images, Pablo Escobar’s journey of violence and oppression needs to be reckoned with if it is not to be forgotten.

Discarded Chinese photographs expose the enthusiasm and innocence which followed the opening of the country by Deng Xiaoping’s government. But can these photos really be given the status of artistic? This is what the Catalan thinker Joan Fontcuberta discusses in his article.

Experimentation and rebellion often give rise to good art. At the turn of the 1970’s, Mario Cravo Neto took the colour, volume and distortions of his sculptures to different mediums. Shown for the first time this year, the photographs were the kick off to the colourful production that would make
his best work. A few years and miles from there, Alberto García-Alix would live in black and white the colourful movida madrileña, which took over post-Franco Spain. To heat up the book fever, a powerful review discusses War Primer 2, an ambitious graphic and political intervention by the artist duo Broomberg & Chanarin in Bertolt Brecht’s war primer published in 1955.

What remains, in the end, is the advice given by Chilean Sergio Larraín to his nephew. When you see something good in a book or magazine, leave it open on the page, exhibited, for weeks, months, so long as it keeps saying something to you: “We take a long time to really see something.”

 

# 4

april 2013

Boulevard, Katy Grannan & Seth Curcio

Imageatlas.org, Taryn Simon, Aaron Swartz & Marina Bedran

The Guardian of History, Li Zhensheng & Dorrit Harazim

Once, Wim Wenders

High Voltage, Garry Winogrand & Arthur Lubow

Fifty-five, Rosângela Rennó

Thomas Struth's City, Thomas Struth & Richard Sennett

Bright Star, Bárbara Wagner & Thyago Nogueira

São Paulo in Cutaway, André Cepeda & Agnaldo Farias

Bye, Bye, Japan, Shomei Tomatsu & Leo Rubinfien

Argélia in the Cross-hairs, Pierre Bourdieu & Franz Schultheis

Reticle [book reviews]

Editor's note

THE INDIVIDUAL, the crowd. A traditional genre in the history of photography, a portrait can offer a finely-detailed description of an individual and, at the same time, suggest the existence of a social type. Good portraits do this, and still touch on issues that concern us all. The marginalised figures from the streets of California that Katy Grannan has chosen as her subjects inhabit the boundary that divides reality from fantasy, and force us to think about standards of beauty and gender, the dictates of fashion and our Photoshop’d world. Four decades earlier, Garry Winogrand also took to the streets to make a black and white portrait of the uncertain, incendiary world of post-war America.

The other side of the planet was also experiencing turbulent times. A photojournalist for the Heilongjiang Daily during the Chinese Cultural Revolution, Li Zhensheng hid thousands of negatives under the floor of his apartment. They showed the fervour of the multitudes and the arbitrary nature of Mao Zedong’s regime. Leaving behind the early revolutionary enthusiasm and becoming more aware of what was happening, Li changed, if not history, at least the memory of the 20th century.

Photography can be used as a way of dealing with oppressive realities, of becoming more attentive or simply helping us see better. This is how the renowned sociologist Pierre Bourdieu explained his field-trip to Algeria. In a rare interview, at the end of his life, Bourdieu explains how his 3,000 photographs helped him ellaborate a way of looking that lies at the heart of his sociology.

Other talented pilgrims wander the pages of this issue. The German film-maker Wim Wenders travels from Australia to the American Midwest in a diary filled with notes, friends and photographs. At ZUM’s request, Rosângela Rennó, from Minas Gerais, uses her family’s slides to reinvent her parents’ journey across the United States in 1958. Bárbara Wagner ventures into the state of Pernambuco to show a maracatu very different from the tourist guide books. André Cepeda, from Portugal, gives us a
preview of his residency in São Paulo, accompanied by a 4 x 5 inch camera.

Travel also widened the social and political dimensions of Thomas Struth’s work. In his analysis of the work of the German photographer, sociologist Richard Sennett opens up a debate on how the past, the present and the future are carved onto the faces of cities. Returning to one of the themes of this issue, Struth believes that his urban photos can be seen as portraits. If you consider them as living organisms, buildings always tell the truth. “They are the testimony of people’s character, [they] express pride,
anger, ignorance, love – everything that humans are capable of expressing.”

 

# 3

october 2012

Transposition, Caio Reisewitz & Natalia Brizuela

Solitude Dance, Francesca Woodman & Arthur Lubow

Everything New Under the Sun, Luigi Ghirri & Marina Spunta

Banished Childhood, Plínio Fraga & arquivo do SNI

Chasing Shadows, Santu Mofokeng, Tamar Garb & Jyoti Mistry

Leftovers, Glass and Eternity, Geraldo de Barros & Antonio Gonçalves Filho

Faith at the Crossroads, Guy Veloso & José de Souza Martins

The Atlas Group (1989-2004), Walid Raad & Sergio Mah

Citizen Meeropol, Dorrit Harazim

Form and Pressure, Stephen Shore

The Best Friend of, Eduardo Climachauska & Rodrigo Naves

Photography as a Universal Language (1931), August Sander

The-Photo-of-Paraisópolis-Favela, Tuca Vieira

Reticle [book reviews]

Editor's note

FEW PHOTOGRAPHERS are capable of creating a solid visual work and, at the same time, underscoring the fundamental motives that lead to the construction of images. From the clash with the 1970s American landscape, photographer and professor Stephen Shore reaches the delightful conclusion: shape or form is not an art syrup that you pour over the content; for this to make sense, it needs to come from one’s own experience.

The menu of this issue includes several photographers who have dedicated their work to photographing landscapes as a means of understanding the world. It may be constructed with scissors and sellotape on sheets of glass, as in the little known series Sobras [Leftovers] by Geraldo de Barros, completed in the last three years of his life. It can also be achieved through elaborate shots, similar to those by the Italian Luigi Ghirri. Virtually unknown in Brazil, Ghirri was both a great photographer and a writer, and combined these talents to provide an insight into some of the most prosaic issues. On his return from a trip to the São Francisco River, Caio Reisewitz brings back some monumental backland scenes.

Brought up as a photojournalist in Johannesburg, Santu Mofokeng discusses the representation of the black population and challenges the idea of social documentary. The ownership of land, economic marginalization and spirituality are just some of the political elements in his most recent work. Sent to Brasília to search through the National Archive, reporter Plinio Fraga dug up a surprising find: from the 15,000 photos recently released to the public, at least three of them prove that Brazilian children had been sent into exile and had been documented by the military dictatorship. Dorrit Harazim discusses the life of an American teacher that changed the course of history after finding two photographs: of a lynching in Indiana, Abel Meeropol wrote a song; of the orphans of a couple of spies, the poet-composer built his family.

For the past ten years, Guy Veloso has travelled throughout the country after penitents. The filmstrips show how the photographer deals with his subjects and uses them to build his narrative. A tragic melody also echoes in two other essays in the magazine. With a vast work, despite her short career, Francesca Woodman transformed her camera into her best friend. Keen to discuss the history of his country, the Lebanese-born Walid Raad constructed his fictional war works by displaying bombs that apparently had been left behind.

In 1931, August Sander spoke on the radio about the power of communication through photography. A decade later, during the war, the German photographer would be persecuted and part of his archive destroyed. As a tribute to one of the best portrait artists in the 20th century, ZUM publishes for the first time a translation of a crucial lecture to understand Sander’s work.

 

# 2

april 2012

Tropical Hotel, João Castilho & João Paulo Cuenca

Clear Enigma, Claudia Andujar & Tales Ab’Sáber

Connected War, Balazs Gardi, Teru Kuwayama, Rita Leistner, Omar Mullick & Leão Serva.

This is Not What It Seems, Thomas Demand & Peter Galassi

With an Eye on Tragedy, Enrique Metinides & José Geraldo Couto e Thyago Nogueira

The Inventor of Color Photography, William Eggleston & Thomas Weski

Doubles, Anonymous, Terry Castle

New Luz, Mauro Restiffe & Heloisa Espada

Believing is Seeing, Errol Morris & Lawrence Weschler

Hotel Palenque, 1969-1972, Robert Smithson & Lorenzo Mammì

Permanent Error, Pieter Hugo & Fábio Zanini

Original Sin, Tazio Secchiaroli, Marcello Geppetti & Carol Squiers

The Face of Irreverence, Ozualdo Candeias & Inácio Araújo

Reticle [book reviews]

Guilherme Maranhão

 

Editor's note

PHOTOGRAPHY IS NAKED. This is what this latest issue of ZUM proclaims, as the image is stripped naked, turned inside out, looked at and debated in detail.

Known as a photographer who turned photography into a tool for political activism, Claudia Andujar is celebrated here with two rarely seen photo series. In the first, a woman assumes a metaphysical aura by using a technique of superimposing diapositives and filters. In the second, the collective subject is offset against the sky in Direita Street,  São Paulo.

To what extent what we see is independent from what we believe? In an exclusive interview, documentarist Errol Morris narrates his investigative obsession, clarifying controversies in the history of photography and journalism. Errol talks about the documentary quality of photography. What we see is not what we actually think we see. If not, let’s see.

News and blowing the whistle, technology and journalism often lead to a deadlock as presented in these two poignant essays. The author of the image on the front cover of this issue, Balazs Gardi, is a member of the Basetrack project, which uses mobile phones with apps to document a US battalion stationed in Afghanistan, providing the soldiers the chance to share information. In Ghana, South African Pieter Hugo shows the rather dark and obscure nature of the consumer world of electronics in a place where computers (such as the one I am writing with) are dispatched by the first world on their last lease on life. Also tragic and – I reluctantly admit – beautiful are these scenes of misfortune portrayed by the Mexican Enrique Metinides. With a magnificent grasp of drama, the photographer raises the bar in terms of crime reportage.

The idea that photography can be immediately understood is challenged in a number of features in this issue. German Thomas Demand puts on paper scenes from other photographs, in a game that hides and exposes the starting point. American Robert Smithson transforms his walking around the Hotel Palenque into a seminal lecture on art and architecture. Among the team of pilgrim photographers, the magazine presents the hotels photographed by João Castilho and a photo-journey made by Mauro Restiffe, at the invitation of ZUM, through the Luz neighbourhood in São Paulo, which has already dissipated the echoes of its troubled days.

Few photographers are capable of showing the real world and, at the same time, inventing a new reality. This is what William Eggleston achieved by using color photography while traveling through the South of the US. He presents here diapositives that were kept for nearly 40 years. If Eggleston’s delicate irony makes you smile, the essayist Terry Castle will make you laugh. A search for the punctum in his collection of anonymous photographs is proof that humor and perspicacity go hand in hand.

Errol Morris provides one of the most resonant phrases in this issue: “False ideas adhere to photographs like flies to flypaper”. Turn the page, help to free the flies and return them to their proper place.

 

 

 

# 1

october 2011

Flooded Forest, Luiz Braga & Joca Reiners Terron

Against the Perfect Image, Robert Frank & Luc Sante

In Death’s Waiting Room: Photos of the Cambodian Genocide, The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum & Hugo Mader

Untitled, Miguel Rio Branco & Rodrigo Naves

The Invisible Presence, Jeff Wall & Craig Burnett

Brasília, Juazeiro do Norte, São Paulo, Jorge Bodanzky & José Carlos Avellar

How to Photograph Streets Without Leaving Home, Michael Wolf, Jon Rafman, Doug Rickard & Geoff Dyer

Hunger to Watch, Kohei Yoshiyuki & Bernardo Carvalho

Ramos, Julio Bittencourt & Joaquim Ferreira dos Santos

The Decisive Moment, Henri Cartier-Bresson

The Industrial Lexicon of Bernd and Hilla Becher, Ulf Erdmann Ziegler

Don’t Look a Photographed Horse in the Mouth, Fábio D’Almeida

The Moment, Jonathas de Andrade & Vladimir Nabokov

Reticle [book reviews]

Letícia Ramos

Editor's note

PHOTOGRAPHY IS AN ACCIDENT. Not as suggested by the photo by Jeff Wall on the front cover of the magazine. But more like a fire, such as this, rifling through the files of filmmaker and photographer Jorge Bodanzky. From journalism to art, from scientific researches to social media, satellites to mobile phones, photography has taken unexpected twists and turns over time and has spread like wildfire.

ZUM is a biannual publication by the Instituto Moreira Salles dedicated to the world of photography. The magazine will bring unpublished or little known visual essays, as well as articles, interviews, and important texts on the history of photography. ZUM also provides a forum for debate on contemporary photography, which is open to everyone and anyone who believes in critical reflection on photography, and that is enriched by other fields such as cinema, literature and the visual arts. Commentaries will contribute to the better thinking on images, as presented in the table lamp of Authentication or in the chandelier of Ivan Sayers, in two photographs by Jeff Wall shown here for the first time.

With an intellectually refined universe, Jeff Wall has firmly rooted himself in the contemporary art photography scene. A counterpoint to him in this issue is the brutal reality of images of prisoners in Cambodia, scanned from the original negatives. As presented in this horrific documentation of the Cambodian genocide, photography here has to face a fundamental ethical issue.

In Brazilian paths, we see Luiz Braga’s new green forest, Miguel Rio Branco’s luminous intimacy, and swim buoys in the Piscinão de Ramos, a huge outdoor salt-water “swimming pool” in Rio de Janeiro photographed by Julio Bittencourt. Geoff Dyer talks about a series of images originally taken by Google cars that received a award on photojournalism; on the other side of the world, Japanese Kohei Yoshyiuki steps into a new kind of voyeur. Robert Frank, who withdrew from the world and from the idea of a perfect image after publishing The Americans, displays his late style in delicate polaroid photos of daily life.

Photography is also spoken words. The interview with Bernd and Hilla Becher is a frank lesson on the motivations of this couple that still gives the tone of contemporary photography. From the pages of history, Henri Cartier-Bresson exhibits his talent as a writer. In a good-natured fashion, he claimed to be responsible for providing information to a cacophonic and frenetic world, full of people who seek the company of images. Sixty years ago or so, he was already talking about us.