Trust Every Image? Photos by Jojakim Cortis And Adrian Sonderegger

Hailing from a Swiss studio, artists Jojakim Cortis and Adrian Sonderegger are raising big questions about photography. The majority of the greatest iconic moments in history have photographic representation. But as we all know, there is more to the story than what fits in a rectangular frame. The artists state, “it’s a good thing that people question whether every photograph is true. You shouldn’t trust every image. We want to outwit and question the documentary aspect [of the medium]”.

This is what is most interesting about Cortis’ and Sonderegger’s work; what are the details outside of the viewfinder?

The pair set off in 2012 with the idea of re-creating iconic images in their studio. They started with the most expensive photographic at the time, which was Andreas Gursky’s Rhein II.

They were met with success from this experiment and decided to push the idea further.

Re-creating history’s most memorable photographs was a challenge that they both heeded. Without using any Photoshop or computer editing, they meticulously built the scenes from the striking, historical photography. After completing the scenes, they re-created the lighting as perfectly as possible and shot the scene from the same point of view as the original photo. The results are fascinating.
To re-iterate the question of truth in documentary photography, Cortis and Sonderegger pull the camera back from the scene to include all the messy details surrounding the re-created scene.

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