“If I have many ingredients in my refrigerator, I can cook everything I want. But some ingredients may never be used. If I find only a carrot inside, I must cook it in the best way possible by chopping, grating, roasting, boiling, frying, drying, etc. With many ingredients I would probably never discover that thevia LENSCRATCH: http://lenscratch.com/2022/08/photographers-on-photographers-su-ji-lee-in-conversation-with-kensuke-koike/
How does one come across non-archival photographs? There are boxes and boxes of strangers’ faces ready to be picked up in antique stores, flea markets, or even weekly garage sales. Though they might have been forgotten by one, it never goes discarded through Koike. With additive motion and revealed subtraction to the found images, strangers tend to warp, mutate, or remobilized. When I first came across his works in my freshman year of college, I was in awe to witness his treatment of guiding the viewers into possible lifeforms of still strangers, introducing a new paradigm to image appropriation. Through Photographers on Photographers interview, I had the pleasure to take a peep behind his curtain, a tricky visible world.