Unattainable: photo/narratives by Josef Timar

It became clear that the plays of William Shakespeare were not written by William Shakespeare, but by someone else with the same name.jpg
It became clear that the plays of William Shakespeare were not written by William Shakespeare, but by someone else with the same name.jpg

Unattainable: photo/narratives by Josef Timar

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Based on actual events, these photo/narratives explore the non-fiction inherent in creative writing through the fiction intrinsic to street photography. Each image, with its accompanying title and three-line text, is a meditation on urban life as viewed through the paradox of representation:

A photograph exists in the moment of forgetting

Photographs, in order to show me their lack of existence, become mine

In looking for it, photographs stop wanting what they are looking for

What appears behind the footlights of the city is not so much a photograph as the photographer living out the impossibility of living in the photograph

If photography could expose everything, its power structures would not need explication

What images pay for with their ‘lives’ never costs very much

When I seem to be looking at your photos, they seem to be mine, with you looking

A photograph comes to you (its only actor), and leaves you (its only spectator) 

Photography enhances the subject until subjectivity vanishes into its own excesses

We could play an intriguing symbolic game that makes photographs more human (by showing the subject’s mask slipping)