25th February – 11th June 2017
Raoul Hausmann , Sans titre (Limoges) , 1953.
Collection musée départemental d'art contemporain de Rochechouart
"Photography is above all a technical exercise in staging our optical urges – but most photographers, like many other people, confuse optical urges with “literary” content. There is still a belief that photography has to “tell” a story, has to “illustrate” souvenirs, feelings – in other words, that the visual aspect of a photo is less interesting or of less importance than a fable it is subjected to, that gives it meaning and allows us to “reflect” upon it. Nothing could be further from the truth. […] The genuine photographer does not “reflect” but is excited by contrasts in light, shapes and orientation of forms that he perceives or observes; he records the material aspect of his visible environment by working with the limitations of photographic technique, and his mind and spirit are nothing but; attention, reaction, intention.”
Extract from La photographie moderne comme processus mental [Modern Photography as a Mental Process] by Raoul Hausmann c.1950.
Raoul HAUSMANN, Construction, (1954), silver-gelatin print, 29.7 x 39.5 cm. Rochechouart MoCA Collection