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Christian Aschman, The Space in Between
Photographies : Christian Aschman
Editeur : Théophile’s Papers
Textes: Conversation with Christian Aschman by Stéphane Léger
Format fermé: 27,5 x 21 cm
S.L_ You were talking about Prague earlier on, about the fact that you hadn’t been able to take pictures because everything was codified, too recognisable…
C.A_ Too visually uniform, too “historical”. I’d say I’m more into modernist constructions, really simple shapes, lines, structures, geometry, a kind of abstraction and of matter. When it’s too reassuring, too ornamented, too meticulous, too used, then it becomes a cliché, a postcard. Consequently, it becomes more difficult to decompose, because the elements are so recognisable that I can’t deconstruct them. Then, everything is related with the same spirit, nostalgic, anecdotal, “charming”, like Paris or the centre of Warsaw which was completely reconstructed on its former model. I didn’t spend more than two hours in the centre. Because I knew everything was fake, it reminded me of a fictionalised model.
S.L— When I watch your photographic production in metropoles and capitals of the world for almost twenty years, I can’t call it architecture photography, even though architecture photography is the substance or the matter of it. I also have the feeling that these simple forms which you’ve been photographing for a long time can’t run out, that in their simplicity, they open up a multiplicity of gazes in a temporal continuum.