Alec Soth, Joy's Divorce Party, 2004, digital color photograph, 40 x 32". From “ClickDoubleClick.”


“ClickDoubleClick: The Documentary Factor”

BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts
Rue Ravensteinstraat 23
June 26–September 3, 2006

Haus der Kunst
Prinzregentenstrasse 1
February 8–April 23, 2006

Curated by Thomas Weski

Throughout its history, the practice of documentary photography has implied a rigorous responsibility to truth—an illusive ideal that has grown increasingly problematic in the digital age. This exhibition examines the influence of digital manipulation on the documentary tradition and how technology has weakened the medium’s integrity and authenticity. Although sympathetic to the documentary ideal, the roughly 150 images on view, by Taryn Simon, Larry Sultan, Jeff Wall, Luc Delahaye, and nineteen others, operate between fact and fiction. At its core, the show emphasizes photography based on the artist’s interpretation rather than fact, undermining the credibility of the objective witness.

Travels to the Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels, June 26–Sept. 3.