F for Fontcuberta

  • Espagne
  • 2005
  • ca
  • en
  • 57'

The real is linked to photography. But it's a deceptive link. Photomontages, staging, angles… the truth is but an illusion. Joan Fontcuberta knows this, and he pokes fun at it with a very Catalan irony and with great erudition.
F for Fontcuberta is a "documenter", stepping up the photographer's game by real-fake interviews.
In discovering here the forgotten Professor Ameisenhaufen, or the poor cosmonaut Istochnikov, we are seized by doubt: not about whether this is true or false, but why do we want to believe it?
We are seized once more, by a liberating laugh at this Fontcuberta who addresses us with a mischievous wink.

F for Fontcuberta
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Synopsis

The real is linked to photography. But it's a deceptive link. Photomontages, staging, angles… the truth is but an illusion. Joan Fontcuberta knows this, and he pokes fun at it with a very Catalan irony and with great erudition.
F for Fontcuberta is a "documenter", stepping up the photographer's game by real-fake interviews.
In discovering here the forgotten Professor Ameisenhaufen, or the poor cosmonaut Istochnikov, we are seized by doubt: not about whether this is true or false, but why do we want to believe it?
We are seized once more, by a liberating laugh at this Fontcuberta who addresses us with a mischievous wink.

What you will find in this film

Dreamlike photomontages - A parody of science - The art of recycling images - A play on reality - The art of provoking reflection - Making play a reflection - Photographic installations - Installations - A major figure in plastic photography

Film chapters

summary00:03 The truth in question: photomontage

summary00:10  Secret fauna

summary00:26  The photogram, the imprint and the palimpsest

summary00:33  An unassuming cosmonaut: the propaganda photo

summary00:43 Father Fontana's mermaids

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Bibliography

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Pandora’s camera : ¨Photogr@phy After Photography, Joan Fontcuberta, Mack, London, 2014

Joan Fontcuberta: Fauna, CNDP, Paris 2012

Deconstructing Osama: The Truth About the Case of Manbaa Mokfhi, Joan Miro Foundation, Barcelona, 2007

Camouflages, Joan Fontcuberta, Contrasto, Italy, 2013

Assemblages: Joan Foncuberta, Jean-Jacques Ceccarelli, Louis Pons,  Artothèque A. Arthaud, Marseille, 89