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Robert Cumming, Tim Clark, Kelly Wise, Sorel Cohen, George Legrady, David McMillan, Jack Buquet, Terry Ewasiuk
From January 9th 1978 to February 3rd 1978
Foto Fiction

"Some photographers seek to capture genuine 'slices of life'. Others are willing to tamper with their subjects in order to bring them in line with the photographer’s message or personal sensibility. Both approaches have been operative practically since the beginning of photography. […]
The current exhibit at Optica bears the intriguing name "Foto Fiction". What most of the photographs by eight younger photographers have in common is the 'directorial mode'. In nearly all cases, the subjects depicted have been especially arranged for the camera : events have been coordinated for the artist’s and viewer’s eye. Everything is contrived. Obviously, this is the meaning of the title, "Foto Fiction". These artists are presenting us with fictions – some ‘purists’ might even go so far as to call these pictures ‘lies’. It has long since been accepted as an ‘old wife’s tale’ that photographs always tell the truth. Nevertheless, we are still accustomed to thinking of photos as evidence – just think of such magical things as the IDs to which we are required to attach a little photo portrait. Even conceptualists, artists like Dennis Oppenheim and Klaus Rinke depended on photography’s stereotyped role as proof. The various photographically ‘documented’ process pieces required a measure of faith on the part of the viewer. […]
Most of the photographers in this show brush up against the problematic rapport of image to knowledge. Yet, with few exceptions, the real goal was to produce something either pretty, bizarre, or some combination of the two."
- Lehman, Henri, "Photos as fiction".

January 15th 1978
Conference by A.D. Coleman

Bibliographie
- Lehman, Henri, «Photos as fiction».