Constant Dullaart (1979, Leiderdorp) responded with three manipulated photographs to Vincent van Gogh's letter from 9/10 October 1888.
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‘Ah, what portraits we could make from life with photography and painting! I always have hopes that a great revolution still awaits us in portraiture’, Van Gogh wrote in a letter on 9 or 10 October 1888.
Constant Dullaart focuses on contemporary visual culture and its reproduction and manipulation. That explains his interest in Van Gogh’s remark about photography, which was then a new medium.
His intention with these three manipulated photographs is to encourage new debate about the importance of the original work of art versus reproductions. This is an important topic in the 21st century, when countless images are available on the internet for anyone to access – and to alter.