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ANTOINE D'AGATA
[b. 1961] French photographer and film director
I never wanted to accept the position of the observer who is not involved in the situation. - Antoine d'Agata - From the book: 50 Contemporary Photographers You Should Know by Florian Heine, Brad Finger

I've used every possible method I've been able to come up with to give up control. I'll use whatever I can put my hand on—alcohol, drugs, rage, sex, or fear—to push my own limits and make sure the final image is not an illustration or a statement. - Antoine d'Agata - From the book: 50 Contemporary Photographers You Should Know by Florian Heine, Brad Finger

It's not how a photographer looks at the world that is important. It's their intimate relationship with it. - Antoine d'Agata

I never wanted to accept the position of the observer who is not involved in the situation. The technique and the aesthetics do not matter to me. Only the essence of what is happening is important to me. Here, for example, blurred pictures, they have appeared because for years I was shooting while being drunk. - Antoine d'Agata

And one has to remember that no photography can pretend to show the truth. A picture only shows a given situation under a very specific perspective, consciously or not, openly or not, relevantly or not. Photographers have to accept they can just convey fragments of illusory realities and relate their own intimate experience of the world. In this process of fictionalising an unreachable truth, it's up to them to impose their doubts about any photographic truth, or accept being impotent pawns in the mediatic game. - Antoine d'Agata

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