I saw Curtis Mann's series Modifications at the exhibition The Ubiquitous Image, Leslie Martin's curatorial effort at this year's New York Photo Festival. His "modified" photographs are found, or appropriated from friends, Flickr or Ebay, and then selectively painted with varnish and bleached to erase specific parts of the composition. In his statement for the work, Mann asserts:
"The photograph is physically and contextually altered to produce a reading that oscillates between image and object, photography and painting, real and imagined. This new interpretation attempts to disrupt how we normally perceive, understand and connect with the fragmented world in which these photographs attempt to represent."
All photographs from the series Modifications
All Images © Curtis Mann