Friday, July 25, 2008

Georg Parthen's Landschaften

Georg Parthen's ongoing project Landschaften is yet another photographic attempt to create fantastical, digitally composited landscapes. Similar to photographers like Scott McFarland and Beate Gütschow, Parthen assembles what he calls "implausible landscapes" that appear wholly real. Parthen's apparent interest in the questioning photographic truth and authenticity comes at a time when digital media has nearly saturated visual culture. To distinguish whether a photograph is grounded in actuality or not seems somewhat arbitrary. The fact that digital-compositing has reached the level of sophistication it has, entirely changes the nature of what we can constitute as photographic reality. Ultimately, what we have assumed as reality in the past has been supplanted by fantasy at the hand of technology.

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All Images © Georg Parthen