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The enigma of life has captivated the human mind for centuries. Throughout history, philosophers and scientists have grappled with the enigmas of the universe. Artists embrace the mystery of life as an invitation to explore and marvel at the complexity surrounding us. In this issue of Artdoc Magazine, Enigma of Life, a photo basel special, we bring photographers who have cultivated a sense of wonder and curiosity, combining it with a critical position towards art history, environment, and politics. ‍Featured: Zak van Biljon, Elina Brotherus, Michal Chelbin.
In the past, people used to write down their daily experiences in diaries, but in our visual age, we use photography to record our lives. The visual diary has become a common practice of modern storytelling. In recent times photographers and artists have used this form of private visual storytelling to get hold of their lives and past, which seldom appears to be troublesome and traumatic. In this issue of Artdoc Magazine, we interviewed three artists who dived into their family past and found secrets, broken stories, and haunting demons. Featured: JP Terlizzi • Carolle Bénitah • Astrid Reischwitz
In Artdoc Magazine Issue #1 2023, we bring photographers who do not replicate the world but reshape it with concepts, abstractions, and visions. Daniel Gordon constructs paper-cut tableaux that transform reality. Shinya Masuda creates still lifes with decaying flowers and fruits, symbolising the passage of time. Nadezda Nikolova makes abstract landscapes with wet collodion plates, translating her spiritual experience in nature. Our exhibition, Conceptual Photography, is a collection of evocative and metaphorical images.
In Artdoc Magazine Issue #6 2022, we bring four portfolios of photographers who work with alternative processes. Ian Ruhter built a camera truck and made giant ambrotype and tintype plates. Marguerite Bornhauser and Svetlana Talanova use analogue techniques like photograms. Gaëlle Cueff uses collages and wax paining. Moreover, we present gifted photographers who reacted to our open call with a wide variety of virtuoso work.






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