Peter Funch – In Between Streets

There’s something uncanny about Babel Tales, Danish photographer Peter Funch’s street photographs of New York.

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.

SCREAMING DREAMERS
Screaming Dreamers, 2006

 

COMMUNICATING COMMUNITY
Communicating Community, 2006

EMPERIC EMPIRE
Emperic Empire, 2006

 

SMOKING SMOKERS
Smoking Smokers, 2006

 

LATTE REVOLUTION
Latte Revolution, 2006

 

CARE TAKER
Care Taker, 2006

 

FOLLOWING FOLLOWERS
Following Followers, 2006

 

MEMORY LANE
Memory Lane, 2006

 

WALKING VOID
Walking Void, 2006

 

RED RULE
Red Rule, 2006

 

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

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