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Marnie Weber

Rosamund Felsen Gallery

ONE CAN DRAW, PAINT, SCULPT, or digitally illustrate what doesn't exist, but photo-based practices generally necessitate that someone or something be there to be photographed. To depict unreality—fantasies, fairy tales, religious stories, etc.—the photographic artist must resort to staging, manipulation, editing, or a combination of these. A photograph or film thus can unfold a fiction and simultaneously document the strange reality of acting, choreography, set work, cinematography, and all the other “real” activities that figure into generating a “reel” experience. In some cases, this duality is heightened. Martin Scorsese's 1988 film The Last Temptation of Christ, for example, is both a complex fantasy—a vision based on Paul Schrader's screenplay adaptation of Nikos Kazantzakis's 1955 novel, which is in turn derived from the Gospels, the sources of which are a matter of

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