The uneasy realisation of a coincidence
24 × 31 cm, 60 p, ills colour / b&w, softcover
edition of 500
A questioning of the role of the camera as obstacle between the photographer and reality continually enters into young Belgian photographer Tom Callemin’s artistic process. This inquiry is translated into haunting images that are usually created in the studio, requiring long periods of preparation. His work therefore reads as an ode to slowness. Meticulously constructed black-and-white compositions are contrasted with Callemin’s ongoing exploration of the portrait, resulting in a selection of enigmatic and refined images. This book is published on the occasion of a solo exhibition of Callemin’s work at FOMU Antwerp and includes a text by Taco Hidde Bakker.
Tom Callemin’s (°1991) photographs show the paradoxical, alienating character of photography. They are not ‘readable’, not descriptive, although they do involve a narrative through a play of suggestions. These are constructed images that question, in a conceptual way, photography as a medium in these times of unbridled visual production.