Genius Loci, 2012
tintasugaras nyomatok / inkjet prints
Genius loci is an attempt to reveal the operating method of photography in the context of evidence, significance, remembrance and topography. As usual the documentary practice aims to capture and disclose the yet unnoticed and hidden side of the world, it easily turns against itself by transforming every of its subject into remarkable. We can envision this progress as sooner or later can get to the point where everything becomes remarkable.
In my work I try to reflect on this pehomenon, documenting apparently insignificant, ordinary places, which inherit their significance from another, archival evidence. For this end, I previously searched for archive photographs which prove the well-known person’s (who can be the subject or the photographer of the image) exact place at the moment of exposure, and the surface of that place has still remained unchanged, so can be documented as well. From this aspect the endurance of the surface is quite essential, as it is the material that survived (beside the image) so we can take it as a physical and accessible connection between the person and us.
Places can be discovered by the help of coordinates, so they could turn into “unofficial monuments” for personal remembrance.
47°30’12.78” 19° 3’35.83” - Henri Cartier-Bresson helye / Place of Henri Cartier-Bresson, 2012
© Regős Benedek
47°30’12.78” 19° 3’35.83” - Place of Henri Cartier-Bresson, 2012
47°29’46.10” 19° 2’20.65” - Place of Robert Capa, 2012