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“The negatives were gone”, it says on the first page of Doris Lasch's story Hellfeld. This unheard-of occurrence is, in the spirit of Goethe, the trigger for the inner movement of the first-person narrator, a photographer who wanders through her studio and her memories with the viewfinder of language.
Language thereby takes on the role of the camera, for both are united by the fact that they inevitably interpose themselves between the perceiver and the perceived. At the same time, through the gaze of language on photography, the first-person narrator achieves a distance through which she can rediscover her seemingly familiar studio and her activity. “It was an approach,” it says in another passage. One would like to add: This narrative is an approach to the medium of photography through language.
Published by Mark Pezinger Books
110 x 118 mm
Edition Number: 400