In Barbara Probst’s series Exposures (2000-2006), she dissects the relationship between the photographic “moment” and perceived reality by showing a single action from numerous points of view. Probst arranges for multiple photographers to take pictures of the same subject from varying angles (and distances) at precisely the same moment. The multiple exposures are more than a meditation on the event being recorded — the images examine the act of reading photographs as documents of the actions or people they depict. While one may suggest voyeuristic qualities, another incorporates the slipshod framing of a snapshot, and another image may more closely resemble a runway shot of a model on the move. In this way, Probst’s sequences point out that the different ways we “direct” a photograph, by the position, settings, and film of the camera, can produce images with entirely disparate spheres of meaning. Published by Steidl and the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Barbara Probst’s book is the first publication of her Exposures series. The publication features an introduction by MoCP Curator and Associate Director Karen Irvine, an essay by co-author David Bates, and a conversation with the artist by Johannes Meinhardt.
22,9 × 25,4 cm
Steidl Verlag, 2007