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The German artist Thomas Demand occupies a singular position in the world of photography. Initially a sculptor, he took up photography to record the ephemeral constructions he made out of paper. In 1993, he turned the tables, henceforth making constructions only in order to photograph them. Demand begins by translating a pre-existing image, usually culled from the media, into a life-size model he makes out of coloured paper and cardboard. He re-creates a room, a parking lot, a staircase, or a fluorescent light fixture; then he photographs a model and destroys it. Demand's photographs look at once compellingly real and strangely artificial. Since their subjects - handcrafted facsimiles of both architectural spaces and natural environments - are themselves built in the image of other images, the photographs are three times removed from the scenes they seem to depict. Combining craftsmanship and conceptualism in equal parts, Demand pushes the medium of photography towards uncharted frontiers. Given the cinematic quality of many of his photographs, it is not surprising that he has set some of them in motion, producing five 3mm films. This comprehensive publication presents all of Demand's major works from 1993 to the present. It includes previously unpublished archival documentation, offering unprecedented insight into his working process and the stories behind his pictures.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780870700804
ISBN-10: 0870700804
Format: Hardback
(249mm x 326mm x 21mm)
Pages: 144
Imprint: Museum of Modern Art
Publisher: Museum of Modern Art
Publish Date: 7-Mar-2005
Country of Publication: United States


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Author Biography - Roxana Marcoci

Roxana Marcoci is an Associate Curator in the Department of Photography at The Museum of Modern Art. Jeffrey Eugenides is the acclaimed author of Middlesex and The Virgin Suicides.

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