Stars – Pavel Smejkal

While looking through this year’s Photolucida Critical Mass finalists I discovered additional work by winner Pavel Smejkal on his website which left me scratching my head a little bit. Unfortunately, the artist’s statement is only available in Czech.

Holocaust images photoshopped to include celebrity faces…

Stars:

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4 Responses to Stars – Pavel Smejkal

  1. elliot says:

    Mel Gibson approves.

  2. Alison Grice says:

    I don’t know if you’ve looked into it more, but regaarding his recent work, Smejkal said:
    “Getting off the main motif from the historical documents, from the photos which became our culture heritage, our image bank, a memory of nations, a symbol, a propaganda instrument or an example of some kind of photography, a template for making other images, in the time when almost all these photographs were reinterpreted by many authors of following generations from many points of view, with the knowledge that some of them were staged or their authenticity is disputable, I place questions about their sense, their meaning, their function and their future.”
    Although the photographs don’t necessarily need to be explained, this statment seems to sum up “Stars.” Just thought it was interesting and thought you might like to see it.It’s at http://www.photoartcentrum.net/fatescapes1.html

  3. Love this work. Removing the anonymity of victims is brilliant.

  4. Romke H says:

    This is pretty much the photography equivalent of online trolling.

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