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Max Pinckers – The Fourth Wall (2012)

Max Pinckers is a Belgian photographer based in Brussels. He has self-published the books The Fourth Wall; Will They Sing Like Raindrops or Leave Me Thirsty, which won a Photographic Museum of Humanity grant; and Red Ink, which won the Leica Oskar Barnack Award.

India –

A photograph of two men in uniform climbing over a fence, escaping. A re-enactment of a moment that just passed. They do it over again with great pride and pleasure. Later I read an article in the newspaper. Two men use sleep-inducing gas to rob a struggling actress in her home; the same gas used in a 1972 super hit film in which a cook robs his landlord. An image that I’ve been planning to make for some time comes to mind – a thick cloud of smoke in a bedroom film set.

 

 

Two men in uniform sitting in a park. I photograph them. They pretend to have just woken up. On a Bombay rooftop I make a portrait of a Salman Khan look-alike. Another article tells me how a young girl loses herself in this big city in search of her idol, Salman Khan.

I had come to India in search of the pot of gold only to find that that pot had been buried deep in my unconscious”.
– Vijay Mishra, Bollywood Cinema: Temples of Desire

 

Written and Photographed by Max Pinckers

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