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Spotlight: Out of Focus at the Saatchi Gallery (VIDEO)

Posted: 04/27/2012 11:31 am

The Saatchi Gallery is one of London's most well respected arts establishments, but it may surprise people to know that, despite this, there hasn't been a major photography exhibition at the gallery for over ten years. In 2001 the controversial show, "I Am a Camera" (which prompted a police visit following complaints of images of nude children), explored photographed of the early noughties, but the world of photography has moved on since then.

"Out of Focus," presenting work by 38 international photographers, explores the ever-blurring line between art and photography in a new decade. Indeed even the labels of 'artist' and 'photographer' are subject of debate in a constantly changing artistic landscape.




Crane.tv visits the studios of two of the exhibiting artists -- duo Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin and Noemie Goudal to hear their views on the current climate for photography, and to observe how very different practises inform their work.

"We've had no formal training in neither photography nor art, so I think that naivety has been helpful for us because we don't know the rules," Broomberg tells us of their work.

And while practises may have changed in the past decade, American photographer Mitch Epstein concludes that when creating work, artists should share one mindset when it comes to the viewer. "It's easy to make quick pictures but it's not necessarily enduring. You want to make a work that the viewers is going to feel provoked to go back and look at again and again."

Text by Holly Fraser for Crane.tv

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