Are they staged or photoshopped? How does he get all his characters to do more or less the same thing, akin to a bunch of extras at a movie set.
Funch’s is a different kind of street photography. He usually shoots in the same location at the same time of day, for about 10 to 15 days and then superimposes the various images to create a masterful collage. The fact that there are some obvious coincidental relationships between the characters he captures, gives the viewer an instant hint that there is more going on than meets the eye.
But can we still call Funch’s photography street photography, or does his images lose some of their ‘street’ when he re-composes them?
What Funch’s work does highlight is that we are more similar than different, even if it takes the image of the same crowded street taken over several days to show this. And as technology advances it does get easier to blur the lines between the real and the constructed.
But as Funch eloquently says – ‘History or truth is a transforming concept. Like Tolstoy said, “History would be wonderful thing – if it were only true.” It is always being redefined. History books are always being reformulated. Twenty years from now our concept of truth could be very different – maybe then we wouldn’t think twice about the reality/falsehood of Babel Tales.’
All images courtesy Peter Funch