A work of deep emotional power, or a set of elaborate pranks? A new book that recreates 100 iconic photographs raises multiple questions, writes Ed Park
Here, between cupcake-pink covers, on gilt-edged pages, is a confection of photography in a book that is both playful and deep. Viewed without prior knowledge, Looking for the Masters in Ricardo’s Golden Shoes by Catherine Balet (Dewi Lewis Publishing, £35) sets off a cascade of questions: how have the photographs been made? Real-life gumshoe investigation and shutter-firing, or a show-off retoucher’s walk in the park? Is it homage? Satire? Trickery? Who is the protagonist? What viewpoint is being presented, given the possible interpretations that are being revealed, layer by layer?
Ed Park, photographer, London
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