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Lecture 09 . Jeff Wall

At first glance, Jeff Wall’s photographs look like monumental snapshots that capture the fleeting moment. But in his large–format color transparencies, which he displays in lightboxes, nothing is left to chance. His landscape shots, photographs of everyday scenes, and modern genre representations are not journalistic photos but imitations and reenactments of particular realities.

In the studio with the help of actors and props, Jeff Wall carefully arranges tableaux laden with art historical allusions, editing them to some extent on the computer in order to visually realize his own conception of modern, usually urban life. His themes are social problems like poverty, violence, and exclusion, as well as current ecological phenomena.