Tuesday, April 28, 2009

reiner riedler

reiner riedler looks at what mitch epstein started to perceive about american culture and its desire for recreation in the 70´s and 80´s; there is a constant need to engage with things from the "real world", even if the real world is, as reiners´ images now shows, constructed. but then again, what is real?

from a text by Jens Lindworsky: "When wishes are out of reach, simulation is taking over our leisure time and our holidays. Imaginary worlds are created, often under massive technological exertion, in order to offer us experience as reproducible merchandise. Although the quality of these adventures on demand sometimes proves to be rather dubious, the boom does shed light on one thing: the yearnings and dreams underlying people’s daily lives."

mitch epstein

Buena Vista, Colorado 1988
from Recreation: American Photographs 1973-1988